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James Carpinter Cobey II, MD, MPH, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Cobey has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of healthcare and higher education

Dr. Cobey is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in major trauma, spine reconstruction and total joint replacement.

    WASHINGTON, DC, March 13, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present James Carpinter Cobey II, MD, MPH, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Cobey celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Cobey is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in major trauma, spine reconstruction and total joint replacement. Affiliated with an independent practice and a level one trauma hospital, he has been practicing in his field for more than 35 years. He is also a professor of orthopedics at the School of Medicine at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., a senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a team doctor at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf. He has been teaching since 1976. Furthermore, Dr. Cobey is a longtime consultant for the United States Agency for International Development and the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Washington since 1979, where he also serves as an instructor on international humanitarian law and disaster relief.

Upon being assigned to the International Committee of the Red Cross, Dr. Cobey became responsible for working on the Thai-Cambodia border. In this capacity, he was the coordinator of one of the largest refugee camps, managing medical care as well as overall relief care. During his tenure with the American Red Cross, he also helped develop the organization's tissue bank system into a centralized national system. Since that time, Dr. Cobey has worked as a consultant to the United States Agency for International Development on healthcare programs at the Thai-Cambodian border.

Dr. Cobey first worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Gaza Strip assisting in refugee care in 1964. He soon after spent time in western Nigeria during 1966 studying epidemiology and the effectiveness of primary health centers. In 1967, Dr. Cobey worked extensively in northern Haiti in a primary health center, where he developed several public health programs.

Dr. Cobey also spent time in Hong Kong with tuberculosis and polio patients while studying orthopedics at Yale University in 1976. Years later, in October 2000, he led a team to evaluate violations of the Geneva Conventions in the West Bank and Gaza. Recently, Dr. Cobey returned from Malawi where he studied surgical capacities for the World Health Organization and he is currently helping the Indian Health Service by doing surgery on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and teaching in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Tanzania.

Dr. Cobey is a member and past president of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia. He is also a longstanding member of the American Medical Association, the American Fracture Association, Physicians for Human Rights, the Visiting Nurse Association of Washington, D.C., and Human Rights Watch, among other professional organizations. Joining the Physicians for Human Rights in 1991, Dr. Cobey and two other staff members conducted the initial epidemiological study of land mines, which led to his co-authoring of the "Land Mines in Cambodia: A Coward's War" in 1991.

Dr. Cobey has since also been involved with review conferences in Geneva and the initiation of the Ottawa Treaty, which was later signed in 1997. Several years prior, in 1981, he was instrumental in the revitalization of Orthopaedics Overseas in an effort to send physicians abroad to teach. Expanding the organization into Health Volunteers Overseas, it now sends some 300 physicians, nurses, dentists and therapists to over 20 developing countries annually. Furthermore, he has worked closely with the WHO and many other members of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines to develop standardized epidemiological techniques to measure the impact of land mine injuries throughout countries and the effectiveness of international relief and aid efforts. Dr. Cobey notably spearheaded efforts to standardize tools to measure the effectiveness of the land mine treaty so that NGO's, the United Nations and the WHO can all use the same basic system.

Serving on several committees, including the American Red Cross national biomedical committee as it restructured the American blood system, Dr. Cobey was on the board and advisory committees of the American Fracture Association. He also served with the national capital chapter of the American Red Cross, the Capitol Hill Hospital and the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, among others. Additionally, he authored "Guide to Volunteers" in 1985 along with countless articles for scholarly journals on the topics of orthopedics and international relief. Dr. Cobey has spent time as a quest lecturer at Yale University, the George Washington University and several other medical schools as well.

Prior to embarking on his career, Dr. Cobey completed a Bachelor of Arts in history, with a specialization in Thai foreign policy in the 19th century, at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, in 1965. Continuing his studies at Johns Hopkins University, he obtained a Doctor of Medicine from the School of Medicine in 1969 and a Master of Public Health, with a focus on international health, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1971. Following these accomplishments, he spent two years in the United States Army as the chief of the preventative medicine service and attained the rank of major between 1971 and 1973. Dr. Cobey went on to complete his orthopedic residency at Yale University in 1976.

Dr. Cobey received the Frank Annunzio Award from the Christopher Columbus Foundation in 2002, a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and an International Humanitarian Service Award and a Charles R. Drew Award from the American Red Cross in 1998 and 1992, respectively. Most notably, however, he shared in the Nobel Peace Prize as a member of Physicians for Human Rights with the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines in 1997. For his service in the military, he was honored with a Meritorious Service Medal by the United States Army. Dr. Cobey has been cited in the 22nd edition of Who's Who in the East.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Cobey has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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