Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research names new COO

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Jonathan Cohen has been named the new COO of the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. (Photo courtesy of Northwell Health)

The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, the Manhasset-based research arm of Northwell Health, has appointed Jonathan Cohen as chief operating officer.

As COO, Cohen will oversee administrative operations, special projects, and Research Support Services, which the system said in a statement are “instrumental in the development and continued success of Feinstein Institutes’ research community.”

Cohen will succeed Dr. David Battinelli, Northwell Health’s chief medical officer and a senior vice president, who has held the position since 2015.

The system says that Battinelli will continue to work with researchers and investigators,” bridging the clinical and scientific programs across Northwell, the Feinstein Institutes and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine,” and to counsel Feinstein Institute’s president and CEO Kevin J. Tracey, and the rest of the institutes’ leadership team.

“We are extremely grateful to Dr. Battinelli for committing five years of operational effort to elevating research as a centralized function for all Northwell employees interested in clinical and non-clinical studies, and we are very pleased he will continue to work with us on these bridging and supporting efforts,” Tracey said. “Jonathan has played a very important leadership role in developing and executing our communication and growth strategies. This promotion is a timely extension of the outstanding work he has been doing with Dr. Battinelli, the Northwell leadership team, and me.”

Cohen joined Northwell health five years ago as a consultant to develop long-term strategic and communication outreach plans for the Feinstein Institutes and was then brought on as an employee two years ago to implement those strategies.

He oversaw the restructuring of the Feinstein Institute into five Institutes, the coordination of media outreach and external communications, and aided in the management of the Office of the President and Research Support Services. Cohen has also played significant roles in launching the system’s COVID-19 Clinical Trials Unit and in obtaining and implementing a major construction grant supporting the expansion of new laboratory space at 350 Community Drive in Manhasset.

Prior to joining Northwell Health, Cohen provided management and strategic consulting to numerous clients in the healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and energy industries, as well as to philanthropies and non-profit organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and a J.D. from New York Law School.

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