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5768 * 2008 Mardge Cohen, M.D.

Mardge Cohen, M.D.
In Recognition of Lifesaving Work
in the US and Rwanda

Mardge Cohen, MD, a senior physician at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and AIDS researcher, is a leading expert in the areas of HIV & AIDS in Chicago and Rwanda, her work focusing on prevention and research. Dr. Cohen has been on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic for more than two decades, including pioneering the hospital’s Women and Children HIV Program, to provide comprehensive medical and psychosocial services to women, their partners, and children.

Since 2004, Dr. Mardge Cohen, has spearheaded groundbreaking grassroots HIV/AIDS work in Rwanda, working there under the banner of Women’s Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WE-ACTx). Her goal has been to facilitate HIV primary care for Rwandan women who were infected after being raped during the 1994 genocide period.

Currently, Dr. Cohen is the Director of Women’s HIV Research at CORE Center. Founded by the Cook County Bureau of Health Services and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, CORE Center provides a comprehensive range of outpatient care to individuals and families affected by HIV & AIDS and other infectious diseases.