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Drs. Cohen and Robinson Join Johns Hopkins

Dr. Alan Cohen

The Johns Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery is pleased to introduce two new faculty members: Alan Cohen, M.D. and Shenandoah “Dody” Robinson, M.D.

Alan Cohen, M.D.

Dr. Cohen is the new director of the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery and the Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D., and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N., Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

He comes to Johns Hopkins from Boston Children’s Hospital, where he was neurosurgeon-in-chief, as well as the Franc D. Ingraham Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. He is president-elect of the Society of Neurological Surgeons and immediate past president of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, and he serves as a director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Cohen is a leader in developing minimally invasive techniques to enhance the safety and efficacy of selected pediatric neurosurgical procedures. To that end, his lab focuses on new instruments and techniques for minimally invasive surgery. He has authored 170 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and published two textbooks.

Dr. Cohen earned his medical degree at  Weill Cornell Medicine and completed his residency in neurological surgery at New York University's Langone Medical Center. 

Dr. Cohen will treat all pediatric patients, with a focus on brain tumors. As of May 23, he will see patients at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center's Neurosciences Clinic. For referrals and appointments, please call 410-955-7337.

Dr. Shenandoah Robinson

Shenandoah "Dody" Robinson, M.D.

A nationally recognized expert in the treatment of epilepsy and spasticity, Dr. Robinson comes to Johns Hopkins from Harvard, where she was associate professor of neurosurgery and neurology. Dr. Robinson was director of functional neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Before that, she was professor of neurosurgery and director of the pediatric epilepsy surgery program at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland and served as president of the Ohio State Neurosurgical Society from 2006 to 2008.

As a prolific researcher and award-winning teacher, she has written dozens of peer-reviewed professional journal articles and more than 15 book chapters, and she has mentored numerous pediatric neurosurgery trainees.

Dr. Robinson treats pediatric patients with epilepsy and spasticity. Her research focuses on clarifying how early insults to the developing brain lead to deficits, such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and how to mitigate these deficits with neurorestorative agents.

Dr. Robinson earned her medical degree at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and completed her residency in neurological surgery at Case Western Reserve University, followed by a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Starting May 23, Dr. Robinson will see patients at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center's Neurosciences Clinic, the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital. For referrals and appointments, please call 410-955-7337.

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