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David B. Cohen, MD

David Bradford Cohen, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
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  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Centers & Institutes

  • Spine Outcomes Research Center


Back Disorders, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Herniation, Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Myelopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Cervical Spine Trauma, Coccydynia, Coccygectomy, Complex Spinal Reconstructions, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Spine Disease, Disc Pain, Herniated Disc, Kyphosis, Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Revision Spinal Surgery, Sacroiliac Fusion, Sacroiliac Joint Degeneration, Sacroilitis, Scoliosis, SI Joint Disease, Spinal Decompression, Spinal Deformities, Spinal Deformity, Spinal Fixation, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Reconstruction, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Trauma, Spine, Spine and Spinal Deformities, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis, Cervical, Spondyloysis, Thoracic Disc Herniation, Thoracic Spine Surgery

Research Interests

Clinical outcomes studies; Spinal osteoporosis; Vertebral augmentation; Development of large animal osteoporosis model; Scoliosis; Patient safety; Spinal deformities


Dr. David Cohen is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include spine and back disorders, spinal injuries and cervical degenerative disc disease and injury.

Dr. Cohen earned his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and his M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He completed his residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and performed a fellowship in Spinal Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Cohen’s research interests include scoliosis, spinal deformities, patient safety, clinical outcomes studies, vertebral augmentation and the development of a large animal osteoporosis model.


  • English


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
Scoliosis Research Society

Clinical Trial Keywords

  • Disc Replacement, Vertebroplasty

Additional Resources

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  • Education +


    • Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore MD ) (1996)
    • University of Rochester (Rochester NY ) (1990)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Orthopaedic Surgery (Baltimore MD ) (1995)


    • Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2000)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Cohen’s research focuses on clinical outcomes in spinal surgery and spinal deformities and disorders in adults. He studies osteoporosis and scoliosis, as well as the benefits of vertebral augmentation procedures for treating vertebral compression fractures.

    Selected Publications

    1. Chen AT, Cohen DB, Skolasky RL. “Impact of nonoperative treatment, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty on survival and morbidity after vertebral compression fracture in the medicare population.” J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Oct 2;95(19):1729-36. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.K.01649.
    2. Hassanzadeh H, Gjolaj JP, El Dafrawy MH, Jain A, Skolasky RL, Cohen DB, Kebaish KM. “The timing of surgical staging has a significant impact on the complications and functional outcomes of adult spinal deformity surgery.” Spine J. 2013 Dec;13(12):1717-22. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2013.03.005. Epub 2013 Apr 17.
    3. Frank SM, Abazyan B, Ono M, Hogue CW, Cohen DB, Berkowitz DE, Ness PM, Barodka VM. “Decreased erythrocyte deformability after transfusion and the effects of erythrocyte storage duration.” Anesth Analg. 2013 May;116(5):975-81. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0b013e31828843e6. Epub 2013 Feb 28.
    4. van Middendorp JJ, Pull ter Gunne AF, Schuetz M, Habil D, Cohen DB, Hosman AJ, van Laarhoven CJ. “A methodological systematic review on surgical site infections following spinal surgery: part 2: prophylactic treatments.” Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 Nov 15;37(24):2034-45. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31825f6652. Review.
    5. Pull ter Gunne AF, Hosman AJ, Cohen DB, Schuetz M, Habil D, van Laarhoven CJ, van Middendorp JJ. “A methodological systematic review on surgical site infections following spinal surgery: part 1: risk factors.” Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 Nov 15;37(24):2017-33. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31825bfca8 Review.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +

    Courses and Syllabi

    Exposure to Spinal Diseases

    Advanced Clinical Clerkship in Spine Surgery


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    Delta Omega Alpha Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-0981
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663
    Fax: 410-614-1451
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    10753 Falls Road
    Green Spring Station Pavilion II
    Baltimore, MD 21093
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    Fax: 410-614-1451
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    4940 Eastern Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21224
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