BALTIMORE—(May 3, 2016)— Miriam L. Cohen, MD, a cardiologist at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, has been named a Trailblazer in Healthcare by The Center Club’s Women in Business. As the first trained female cardiologist in the state of Maryland, and among the first five in the United States, this award honors Dr. Cohen’s contributions and leadership as a pioneer in the health care industry.
"Dr. Cohen is an extraordinary clinician, physician, and person,” said Stuart Bell, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs at MedStar Union Memorial. “There is no one more respected by their colleagues or more beloved by her patients, many of whom consider her a friend.”
“Many colleagues have trusted the care of their family members to Dr. Cohen, which is the greatest accolade a doctor could get,” Dr. Bell added. “We are honored to have her as a longtime staff member and mentor to many physicians during her stellar career."
With over 47 years of experience, Dr. Cohen began her career as a cardiologist at MedStar Union Memorial in 1969, a discipline at the time that was highly dominated by men. She felt the field of cardiology was exploding with discoveries and therapies that would revolutionize the way that cardiovascular medicine is practiced today, and was passionate and determined to leave her footprint.
Overcoming discrimination and adversity, Dr. Cohen excelled, achieving many accomplishments throughout her career. She was involved in some of the very first trials and research on anti-arrhythmic drugs, beta blockers, and pacemakers. She has held multiple faculty teaching positions, served office or been a member of various organizations, contributed to several publications, and received numerous awards.
Along the way, Dr. Cohen has paved the way for future female cardiologists, helped thousands of patients, and has had an instrumental role in training the next generation of cardiovascular specialists. Today, she continues her role as a notable cardiologist in the career she began almost half a century ago.
Part of the 5th Annual Trailblazer Awards, Dr. Cohen is one of six recipients to be honored at The Center Club’s Women in Business Trailblazer Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 3. Recipients of the award were chosen by the members of the Women in Business Intraclub, a network comprised of some of Baltimore’s most influential and successful business women.
About MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a network of highly acclaimed and nationally recognized cardiac experts and care programs spanning all 10 MedStar Health hospitals in the mid-Atlantic region. In the Baltimore area, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute experts are accessible at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and more than a dozen community locations.
In November 2014, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital forged a ground-breaking alliance with Cleveland Clinic Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. Under this historic alliance, the hospitals have agreed to share best practices related to patient care, outcomes measurement, quality reporting and clinical research. This exchange among leading heart care providers means that patients throughout the mid-Atlantic region will benefit from an exceptional and unmatched level of heart and vascular care.
About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 223-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. With roots stemming back to 1854, MedStar Union Memorial has provided high-quality care for 160 years. As one of the region's top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial is home to: The Curtis National Hand Center, the only hand center designated by Congress as The National Center for the Treatment of Hand and Upper Extremity; MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, a premier cardiovascular program in the mid-Atlantic, aligned with Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program; and MedStar Union Memorial Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, the oldest hospital-based Sports Medicine Program in Maryland (founded in 1979). In addition, MedStar Union Memorial offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including oncology, diabetes and endocrinology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.
MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). It is the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial is also TJC-certified in hip and knee replacement and CARF-accredited in Curtis Work Rehabilitation Services, and has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for Maryland.
MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional health care system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area.
For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.
About The Center Club
The Center Club was established in 1962 at a time when prominent Baltimore business and social leaders were seeking an environment that would offer fine cuisine and attentive service in a setting of privacy and tradition, regardless of a person's race, religion, color or creed. Unlike other clubs at this time, The Center Club was founded on a charter of non-discrimination as a most distinguished private club, which would fulfill Members' needs in one location, easily accessible to the political, legal and business communities.
Since the beginning, The Center Club has been the most prestigious location in Baltimore for Members to meet their colleagues and friends, dine in comfortable and subtle elegance and enjoy entertaining with others of like mind. Emphasis is placed upon those elements that constitute the essence of a fine private club.