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David B. Cohen, M.D., M.P.H.

David Bradford Cohen, M.D., M.P.H.

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Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


Expertise: Back Disorders, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Herniation, Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Myelopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Cervical Spine Trauma, Cervical Spondylosis, 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 Joint Conditions, Sacroiliitis, Scoliosis, Spinal Decompression, Spinal Deformities, Spinal Fixation, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Reconstruction, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Trauma, Spine, Spine and Spinal Deformities, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylolysis, Thoracic Disc Herniation, Thoracic Spine Surgery more

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

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663

601 N. Caroline St.
Suite 5235
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-0981
Fax: 410-614-1451

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station
Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663

Green Spring Station
10753 Falls Road
Pavilion II Suite 215
Baltimore, MD 21093 map
Phone: 410-955-0981
Fax: 410-614-1451

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map


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. more


  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (1990)


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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery / Orthopaedic Surgery (2000, 2020)

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.

Clinical Trial Keywords

Disc Replacement, Vertebroplasty

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

  • Advanced Clinical Clerkship in Spine Surgery
  • Exposure to Spinal Diseases

Activities & Honors


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


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