Stanley Cohan was born in New York City and received his under-graduate education at Kenyon College, where he received his BA degree. He subsequently attended the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, where he was the recipient of the National Research Careers Fellowship, obtaining his PhD in 1967 and his MD in 1968. After serving 2 years in the US Navy, where he was head of the division of neuroscience research, he joined the faculty at Georgetown University, where he remained until 2000, retiring as tenured professor of neurology, adjunct professor of pharmacology, and chairman of neurology. He subsequently moved to Portland Oregon and is the founding director of the Providence Multiple Sclerosis Center and founder of the NW Multiple Sclerosis Registry. His primary interests are in new drug development for MS and MS epidemiology.