Cohen, Richard

Richard Cohen
Core Faculty

Contact: 

  • 617-253-7430

HST Faculty: 

HST Faculty, MD Alumnus
Whitaker Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Co-Director, Biomedical Enterprise Program, HST
Director, NASA Center for Quantitative Physiology, Modeling and Data Analysis, HST

Degrees: 

PhD in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976
MD in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 1976
BA in Chemistry and Physics, Harvard College, 1971

Selected Awards/Societies: 

Detur Prize Recipient
Fellow, National Science Foundation
John A. and George L. Hartford Fellow

Research Interests: 

Dr. Cohen focuses on the application of physics and engineering to solve problems in biology and medicine, particularly in developing cardiovascular diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. He has developed a noninvasive measurement of microvolt level fluctuations in electrocardiographic signals to identify individuals at risk for sudden cardiac death form heart rhythm disturbances. Cambridge Heart, Incorporated, a company that Dr. Cohen helped found , has commercialized this technology, called the measurement of microvolt T-wave alternans. The technology has been successfully tested in a wide range of international clinical trials and is being introduced into widespread clinical practice.

Publications: 

Mukkamala R, Toska K, and Cohen RJ. Noninvasive identification of the total peripheral resistance baroreflex. American Journal of Psychology 2003;284(3):H947-H959. Armoundas AA, Feldman AB, Mukkamala R, and Cohen RJ. A single equivalent moving dipole model: an efficient approach for localizing sites of origin of ventricular electrical activation. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 2003;31,564-576. Armoundas AA, Feldman AB, Mukkamala R, and Cohen RJ. A single equivalent moving dipole model: an efficient approach in guiding the ablative therapy of cardiac arrhythmias. To appear in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.

Courses Taught: 

HST 973 - FA 2013 - Evaluating a Biomedical Business Concept 
HST 979 - SP 2013 - Dynamics of Biomedical Technologies