Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award

Andrew Cohen, MD, DPhil

Presented to junior investigators with a demonstrated focus on geriatrics research, the Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award this year honors Andrew Cohen, MD, DPhil, an assistant professor in geriatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen’s research is focused on two areas of interest: Improving care for older adults who do not have a family member or other surrogate decision-maker, especially in cases of dementia; and studying what are often termed “non-clinical” influences on decision-making, such as staff culture, state laws, and institutional norms. With support from a Beeson Award, Dr. Cohen is currently working to improve decision-making by developing an intervention to identify persons at risk of becoming “unbefriended” before they lose capacity, elucidating values and preferences ahead of time. A former GEMSSTAR and Pepper Scholar Career Development awardee, Dr. Cohen’s work has appeared in several leading peer-reviewed journals and has been presented at various national conferences, including those hosted by the AGS. He recently completed terms as vice chair and then chair of the AGS Junior Faculty Research Special Interest Group. He currently serves as the junior faculty liaison to the Research Committee, as well as a member of the AGS/American Thoracic Society work group that developed recommendations for decision-making for unbefriended older adults in acute-care settings.


Past Recipients of the Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award

2019       Nancy Schoenborn, MD, MHS
2018      John Newman, MD, PhD
2017      Dae Kim, MD, MPH, ScD
2016      Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH
                  S. Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, MA, FHM
2015      Micah Drummond, MD
2014      Sarah D. Berry, MD
2013      Amy Kelley, MD, MSHS
                  Heather Whitson, MD, MSHS