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 focuses on prevention and research. Dr. Cohen has been on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic for more than two decades.
Since 1976, Mardge has worked at Stroger Hospital when she began her internal medical residency after attending Barnard College and Rush Medical College. In 1988, Dr. Cohen started the Women and Children HIV Program to provide comprehensive medical and psychosocial services to women, their partners, and children.
Presently, 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.
Mardge has been the Principal Investigator in several federally funded research studies, including the National Institute of Health’s supported Women Interagency HIV Study, a cohort study begun in 1994 to investigate HIV disease progression in women, and the Center for Disease Control-supported Mother Infant Rapid Intervention at Delivery study. Dr. Cohen has written numerous published articles and peer-reviewed research papers, and is currently involved in a public health initiative to implement rapid HIV testing in labor and delivery areas of all birthing hospitals in Illinois.
Since 2004, Mardge has traveled to and worked in Rwanda with Women’s Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WE-ACTx) to facilitate HIV primary care for women who were infected after being raped during the1994 genocide period.