Jay N. Cohn, MD

Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division

Jay N. Cohn

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 508
8508A (Campus Delivery Code)
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Cheryl Tincher

Administrative Email

Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division

Director, Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention


Medical School, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Fellowship, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC


Jay N. Cohn, M.D., is Professor of Medicine and served as Director of the Cardiovascular Division from 1974-1996. He was instrumental in initiating the subspecialty of heart failure and founded the Heart Failure Society of America, of which he served as its first president, and the Journal of Cardiac Failure, which he served as its first Editor in Chief. His research has transitioned over the years from management of heart failure and severe cardiovascular diseases to an emphasis on early detection and preventive therapy through the Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention.

Awards & Recognition

Dr. Cohn has received recognition for his research and contributions from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, the Heart Failure Society of America, the High Blood Pressure Research Council, and the Universities of Minnesota and Cornell

Professional Associations

  • Director, Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
  • President, International Society of Cardiovascular Phamacotherapy (2008-2010)
  • Scientific Advisory Committee (1996-1998)
  • Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney, Australia (1997)
  • President, International Society of Hypertension (1996)



Selected Publications:

  1. Cohn JN. Slowing the progression of cardiovascular disease. J Am Coll Cardiol 2016;67:1698-700.
  2. Cohn JN. Preventing heart failure: a critique of strategies. J Card Failure 2013;19:211-213.
  3. Saul SM, Duprez DA, Zhong W, Grandits GA, Cohn JN. Effect of carvedilol, lisinopril and their combination on vascular and cardiac health in patients with borderline blood pressure: The DETECT study. J Human Hypertension 2013;27:362-367.
  4. Miedema MD, Cohn JN, Garberich RF, Knickelbine T, Graham KJ, Henry TD. Underuse of cardiovascular preventive pharmacotherapy in patients presenting with ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Am Heart J 2012;164:259-267.
  5. Masson S, Anand I, Favero C, Barlera S, Vago T, Bertocchi F, Maggioni AP, Tavazzi L, Tognoni G, Cohn JN, Latini R. Serial measurement of cardiac troponin T using a highly sensitive assay in patients with chronic heart failure: Data from 2 large randomized clinical trials. Circulation 2012;125:280-288.
  6. Duprez DA, Florea N, Zhong W, Grandits GA, Hawthorne CK, Hoke L, Cohn JN. Vascular and cardiac functional and structural screening to identify risk of future morbid events: preliminary observations. J Amer Soc Hypertens 2011;5:401-409.
  7. Cohn JN, Wilson DJ, Neutel J, Houston M, Weinberger MH, Grimm Jr R, Smith DHG, Sun W. Coadministered amlodipine and atorvastatin produces early improvements in arterial wall compliance in hypertensive patients with dyslipidemia. Am J Hypertens 2009;22(2):137-144.
  8. Masson S, Latini R, Anand IS, Barlera S, Angelici L, Vago T, Tognoni G, Cohn JN for the Val-HeFT Investigators. Prognostic value of changes in N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide in Val-HeFT (Valsartan Heart Failure Trial). J Am Coll Cardiol 2008;52:997-1003.
  9. Duprez DA, Cohn JN. Time to foster a rational approach to preventing cardiovascular morbid events. J Am Coll Cardiol 2008;52:327-329.
  10. Gilani M, Kaiser DR, Bratteli CW, Alinder C, Rajala S, Bank AJ, Cohn JN. Role of nitric oxide deficiency and its detection as a risk factor in pre-hypertension. J Amer Soc Hypertens 2007;1(1):45-55.



University of Minnesota Medical Center

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine

Clinical Interests

Heart failure; Prevention

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview