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Drs. Fowler and Cohen

Myron Cohen, MD, Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of medicine, microbiology, and immunology and epidemiology and director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, and Wesley Fowler, MD, associate dean for medical alumni affairs and professor of obstetrics and gynecology,and have been inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece, UNC’s oldest and most prestigious honor society.

Myron “Mike” Cohen, MD, directs the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases and serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health and Medical Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An infectious disease specialist, he is widely known for his work on transmission and prevention of HIV. He is the architect and principal investigator of the multinational HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study which demonstrated that antiretroviral treatment prevents the sexual transmission of HIV-1. The journal Science recognized this work as the “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2011.

“I appreciate this recognition and the privilege of being named an Argonaut. It’s an especially meaningful honor because the people making the selections include undergraduate and graduate students,” said Cohen. “I have enjoyed a long, rewarding career at the University of North Carolina. Having my work recognized by our students at this time is very gratifying.”

A graduate of UNC and the UNC School of Medicine, Fowler has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1973. During that time, Fowler founded the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and served as division chief for more than 30 years. He was Vice Chair of the department from 1983-2009 and director of the residency program from 1983-1997.

“I was totally shocked by this recognition. This University has meant everything to me,” Fowler said. “For this to happen to an old country boy from Dunn, North Carolina is unreal.”

This story first appeared in Vital Signs, the newsletter of UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine.