Faculty and Staff : Full-Time Faculty

Meryl Cohen, PT, DPT, MS, FAPTA, Board Certified Cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist

Primary Appointment:
Department of Physical Therapy, Miller School of Medicine, Associate Professor

DPT Physical Therapy (2003), Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions
MS Physical Therapy (1980), Medical College of Virginia/ VA Commonwealth University
BS Certificate in Physical Therapy (1972), Sargent College, Boston University

Jackson Memorial Hospital, Clinical Consultant, UMH Clinical Consultant
University of Miami Hospital Acute Care Consultant and Academic Liaison
Entry-level clinical competency task force, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the APTA
Clinical Content Expert; Special Academy of Content Experts for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the APTA
Manuscript reviewer Physical Therapy Journal

Massachusetts Chapter, APTA: 1995 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Practice, Hyannis, Massachusetts

Linda D. Crane Lecture, Cardiopulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association; Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, La. Feb. 2000

UMDPT Graduation Faculty Speaker; Class of 2009; Class of 2015

Recipient of The Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA (June 2014)

Teacher of the year award class of 1999, 2001, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018

Clinical Focus:
Dr. Cohen has 43 years of clinical experience in settings primarily including acute care, in-patient and outpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and clinical consultation as a cardiopulmonary clinical specialist. She has consulted with and actively helped to develop numerous cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation programs both nationally and internationally, including programs at The Arlington Hospital in Virginia, The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, three teaching hospitals in Miami, and hospitals in South Africa and Venezuela. She was one of the first 3 Board Certified Clinical Specialists in the profession, and has celebrated 30 years as a Cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist certified by the ABPTS. She was originally certified in 1985 and recertified in 1996, 2006 and 2015. In addition to patient care, Dr. Cohen works closely with area clinicians, frequently consulting with them regarding the PT management of complex patients and the promotion of a high standard of cardiovascular and pulmonary physiologic monitoring during treatment.

Research Focus:
Dr. Cohen’s research has focused on the study of individuals with acute and chronic aerobic capacity impairments in illness and aging including individuals with coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, coronary revascularization, and obstructive and restrictive lung disease. Dr. Cohen also studies respiratory muscle performance in athletes and illness. In addition, Dr. Cohen works closely with area clinicians encouraging and assisting them in the reporting of unique patient cases.

Complete List of Published Work Bibliography http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Cohen%2C+Meryl+I..

Selected Publications:
Cohen, M., Grimes, K. Vogel W, DeLuca N. “Cardiac Pharmacology”, in Hillegass, E., editor, Essentials in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 4th edition, Elsevier, Philadelphia PA, (June 2016)

Barlow P, Brooks G, Cohen M. “Toward Entry-level Competencies in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy”. Cardiopulm Phys Ther J. 2015;26:99-107

Palermo A, Willow B, Moore L, Ingle J, Cohen M, Cahalin L. Comparison of Inspiratory Performance in Division 1 Collegiate Athletes using the Test of Incremental Respiratory Endurance (TIRE). Poster WCPT Singapore. May 2015

Martinez G, Drizd N, Firmeza J, Gregson J, Hong J, Cohen M. The Effects of Cardiac Rehabilitation on a Patient Post-Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Using a Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold. Abstract Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Vol 25 No 4 Dec 2014. Poster Indianapolis, IN. CSM February 2015

Cohen, M, “Pulmonary Considerations in the Older Patient”, in Kauffman T. (ed). Geriatric Rehabilitation Manual. Churchill Livingstone, NY, NY. 3rd edition 2014

Cohen, M, “Cardiac Considerations in the Older Patient”, in Kauffman T. (ed). Geriatric Rehabilitation Manual. Churchill Livingstone, NY, NY. 3rd edition 2014

Cohen MI, Cahalin LP, Guanaurd I, Eustis N, Ramos C, Sol C, Cardenas D, Jackson RM. Respiratory Muscle Performance Before and After Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Abstract publication Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Vol 24 No 4 Dec 2013. Poster CSM Las Vegas 2014

Gaunaurd IA, Go’mez-Marin OW, Ramos CF, Sol CM, Cohen MI, Cahalin LP, Cardenas DD, Jackson RM. Physical Activity and Quality of Life Improvements of Patients With Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Completing a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. (ClinicalTrials.gov registration NCT01118221.) Respir Care 2014;59(12):1872–1879.

Jackson, Robert; Ramos, Carol; Sol, Constanza; Cohen, Meryl; Gaunaurd, Ignacio; Cahalin, Lawrence; Gomez-Marin, Orlando; Cardenas, Diana. Lung. Exercise Limitations in IPF Patients: A Randomized Trial of Pulmonary Rehabilitation. 2014. DOI 10.1007/s00408-014-9566-9. Lung: Volume 192, Issue 3 (2014), Page 367-376

Cohen MI, Hayes SH, Engle J, Cahalin L. Frequency Graduating Doctor of Physical Therapy Students Perceive They Perform Cardiopulmonary Skills in the Clinic. Abstract publication Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Vol 23 No 4 Dec 2012. Poster CSM San Diego 2013

Cohen, M, Davis, CM, “Complementary Therapies as Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Intervention”, in Frownfelter D, Dean E, Principles and Practice of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy ( 5th ed). Elsevier. Philadelphia, PA 2012

Brooks G, Bartlo P, Cohen M. “Results from the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy Practice Examination and Intervention Surveys”. Task Force for CVP PT Examination and Intervention Practice Survey. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the APTA website http://www.cardiopt.org/ (June, 2011)

Cohen, M., Grimes, K., “Cardiac Pharmacology”, in Hillegass, E., Sadowsky, S., editors, Essentials in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy second edition, W.B. Saunders, New York, 2001; 3rd edition 2011

Courses Taught:
PTS 646 Medical Pathology IV
PTS 724 Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapy