Harvey J. Cohen is the Deborah E. Addicott – John A. Kriewall and Betsy A. Haehl Family Professor in Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, and the Katie and Paul Dougherty Medical Director of Palliative Care Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Dr. Cohen was previously Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University, where he was the Arline and Pete Harman Professor, and the Adalyn Jay Chief of Staff at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Dr. Cohen obtained both his MD and Ph.D. from Duke University and was a pediatric intern at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. He completed a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and was named assistant then associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Precision medicine has incredible promise for patients. Enormous amounts of money and time are invested in developing technologies and targeted therapies. Genomics, proteomics, phosphorylation assays, RNA expression, organoid growth, and testing, and even delicate mass measurement of liquid cancer cells are explored. This innovation must be focused to maximize the benefit to the most important participants in our healthcare system, the patient. This track is about putting patient needs first, and understanding and accessing the latest (cancer) treatment options.