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Donlin M. Long Awards

Donlin M. Long

The Donlin M. Long Award honors those who have served the Johns Hopkins community in advancing the standards of pain care and embodied the institution’s dedication to alleviate suffering and pain associated with illness.

The program is coordinated by the Blaustein Pain Research Fund whose advisory board nominates and selects recipients.

About Dr. Long

Donlin M. Long, M.D., Ph.D. served as Director of Neurosurgery from 1973 until 2000, and was one of the first program directors to adopt a major interest in chronic pain. He developed an infrastructure for patient care at Johns Hopkins while advancing the standards for pain care around the world.


Current Recipient:

Dr. Steven Cohen, receiving the Long Award

Steven P. Cohen, M.D.

Dr. Steven P. Cohen is the 7th recipient of the Donlin M. Long Pain Service Award and an internationally recognized leader in pain medicine. Dr. Cohen obtained his medical degree at Mount Sinai in New York and then trained in Anesthesiology at Columbia followed by a fellowship in Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Cohen is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and serves as Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has a remarkable publication record, with over 250 studies, reviews, and book chapters to his credit, with work published in such journals as Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine and JAMA-Internal Medicine. He has been the first author on the pain chapter in the last two editions of Cecil Textbook of Medicine and was listed in 2014 as one of the top 10 experts in the world for back pain based on quantitative analysis of publications.

Dr. Cohen's service has extended well beyond Johns Hopkins. He is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army and was deployed four times in support of operations in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Dr. Cohen has previously presented data on pain management in military service members to the U.S. Congress, FDA, and General Officers. His research was instrumental in the passage of the 2008 Military Pain Care Act, and he served as an inaugural member of the U.S. Army Medical Advisory Board.

Dr. Cohen’s work, recognized through several national awards, embodies the legacy of this Lectureship through his empathic care of individual patients, research, and outstanding leadership in education.

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