Dr. Steven Paul Cohen is a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include interventional pain management.
Dr. Cohen obtained his medical degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, completed an anesthesiology residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and performed a pain management fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently, he is a professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He is also the director of medical education and quality assurance for the Pain Management Division at Johns Hopkins and director of pain research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Dr. Cohen has been very active in teaching and pain research in recent years, having published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and book chapters in the past 15 years. Among his major contributions are the development of a new FDA-approved technique for treating sacroiliac joint pain (lateral branch radiofrequency denervation); inventing the intravenous ketamine test to help guide treatment in patients with chronic pain; and performing the first studies evaluating the local administration of cytokine inhibitors for pain.
His research has been the subject of articles in the science section of The New York Times four times. He is first author of the “Pain” chapter in the last two editions of Cecil Textbook of Medicine, and was listed as one of the top 10 experts in the world on back pain based on quantitative analysis of publications.
In addition to his academic work, Dr. Cohen is a colonel in the Army Reserve and chief of Anesthesia & Operative Services at the 48th Combat Support Hospital in Fort Meade, Maryland. He also serves as the reserve liaison to the pain management consultants to the U.S. Army and Navy Surgeons General. Over the past three years, Dr. Cohen has presented data on pain management in service members to the U.S. Congress, FDA and general officers. His research was instrumental in the passage of the 2008 Military Pain Care Act, and he served as an inaugural member of the U.S. Army Medical Advisory Board.