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Dr. Cohen is Neurosurgeon-in-chief and Chairman of the Neurosurgery department at Boston Children's Hospital and Franc D. Ingraham Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School since 2011. He is a world-renowned leader in pediatric neurosurgery and comes to Boston Children's from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, where he was chief of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and surgeon-in-chief.
Dr. Cohen is beloved by his many patients for his genuine bedside manner, famed sense of humor and devotion to meeting the emotional needs of children and families, as well as delivering superb medical and surgical care.
During his 17 years at UH Rainbow Babies and Boston Children's Hospital, Dr. Cohen built both an acclaimed pediatric neurosurgical program and a reputation for excellence in all corners.
He served as chief of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, surgeon-in-chief and holder of the Reinberger Chair in Pediatric Neurological Surgery.
Under his tutelage, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital has built and broadened the following neurosurgical initiatives:
Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Center, employing blood conservation techniques, sparing sensitive tissue and significantly decreasing recovery periods for children with brain and spinal cord tumors and related conditions
Jennifer Ferchill Brain Tumor Center, bringing together expertise in diagnostics, neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, neurology and neuropsychology
Level IV Pediatric Epilepsy Center, providing comprehensive services, including medical and surgical solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric seizure disorders and associated syndromes
Spasticity Program, offering integrated medical, therapeutic and surgical treatments for patients based on a personalized care plan
Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, the only center of its kind in Northeast Ohio to specialize in the treatment of injured children suffering from head trauma
Dr. Cohen is an acclaimed expert in, and noted advocate for, minimally invasive neurosurgery:
In an effort to develop sophisticated new surgical instruments and safer surgical approaches, Dr. Cohen established a new Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Laboratory at Boston Children's. He has also established a research fellowship focusing on minimally invasive neurosurgery.
Dr. Cohen's many leadership positions and accolades include:
Dr. Cohen's recent publications include the following:
Vogel T, Manjila S, Bahuleyan B, Cohen AR: The role of endsocopic third ventriculostomy in the treatment of hydrocephalus. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, 12: 54-61, 2013 (Cover Article).
Manjila S, Miller E, Awadallah A, Murakami S, Cohen ML, Cohen AR: Ossified choroid plexus papilloma of the fourth ventricle: case report and elucidation of the molecular mechanism of tumor osteogenesis. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, DOI 10.3171/2013.3PEDS12400, May 3, 2013.
Lohani S, Cohen AR: Franc D. Ingraham and the origin of pediatric neurosurgery. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 11: 727-733, 2013. (Cover Article).
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