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 John A. and George L. Hartford Fellow John A. and George L. Hartford Fellow 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