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Alan R Cohen, M.D.

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  • Director, Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Neurosurgery

Expertise

Arachnoid Cysts, Brain Cancer, Brain Tumors, Chiari Malformations, Craniosynostosis, Endoscopic Neurosurgery, Hydrocephalus, Pediatric Brain Cancer, Pediatric Brain Tumors, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pediatric Spinal Cord Tumors, Spinal Cord Tumors, Spinal Dysraphism, Tethered Spinal Cord ...read more

Research Interests

New instruments and techniques for minimally invasive pediatric surgery

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Locations

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 410-955-7337
601 N. Caroline St.
5th Floor, Neurosciences Clinic
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Background

Dr. Cohen is the director of the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery and the Carson-Spiro Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He treats all pediatric patients, with a focus on brain tumors. Dr. Cohen sees patients at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center’s Neurosciences Clinic.

Dr. Cohen is a leader in developing minimally invasive techniques to enhance the safety and efficacy of selected pediatric neurosurgical procedures. He serves as Director of the Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Laboratory at Johns Hopkins and directs the Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Fellowship.  His lab focuses on developing novel instruments and surgical approaches. He has authored 190 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and published two textbooks.  He has given approximately 330 national and international presentations and has been an invited visiting professor at 50 medical centers.

He is past president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons and the AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery.  He is past vice president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and a past director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and a current director of the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

 

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Titles

  • Director, Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Carson-Spiro Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Oncology
  • Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • MD, Cornell University Medical College (1978)

Residencies

  • New York University School of Medicine - GME / General Surgery (1980)
  • New York University School of Medicine - GME / Neurological Surgery (1987)

Fellowships

  • National Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery / Neurology (1983)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery / Neurological Surgery (1991)

Additional Training

  • American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery (1997)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Cohen AR: The great neurosurgical masquerader: three cases of desmoplastic infantile Ganglioglioma.. Journal of Neurosurgery: 2019 Jul 5:1-9. doi: 10.3171/2019.5.PEDS19151. [Epub ahead of print]

Cohen AR (Editor-in-Chief): Pediatric Neurosurgery: Tricks of the Trade, NY: Thieme, 2016. (Textbook, 881 pp.)

Cohen AR: Humility. Neurosurgery 65(1): 6-14, 2018. (Honored Guest Presentation: 2017 Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Boston, MA)

Cohen AR: Simplicity. Neurosurgery 65(1): 15-23, 2018. (Honored Guest Presentation: 2017 Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Boston, MA).

Cohen AR: Curiosity. Neurosurgery 65(1): 37-48, 2018. (Honored Guest Presentation: 2017 Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Boston, MA).

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Summa cum Laude, Harvard University, 1974
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard University, 1974
  • Faculty Alpha Omega Alpha Award, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2002
  • J. Horvitz Award for Excellence in Clinical Service, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Clinical Faculty, 2004
  • Scholarship in Teaching Award, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2005
  • Colors of the Rainbow Award, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council, 2006
  • Children’s Miracle Network National Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Patient Care, Children's Miracle Network, 2007
  • Golden Stethoscope Award- Rainbow Clinical Faculty, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, 2008
  • Research Innovation Award Smart Start- A Novel Device for Minimally Traumatic Brain Dissection, Institute for Pediatric Innovation, 2009
  • America’s Top Docs, Castle Connolly, 1996 - 2019
  • Best Doctors in America, Woodward White, 1997 - 2019
  • First Prize, for the textbook- Pediatric Neurosurgery: Tricks of the Trade, British Medical Association, 2016
  • First Prize, Prose Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence for the textbook- Pediatric Neurosurgery: Tricks of the Trade, Association of American Publishers, 2017
  • Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2017
  • Honored Guest, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting Boston, Massachusetts, 2017
  • Honorary Faculty, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting Boston, Massachusetts, 2017
  • Honorary Faculty, Universidade Evangelica do Parana Curitiba, Brazil, 2018
  • Richard J. Otenasek, Jr. Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Neurosurgery from the Neurosurgery House staff Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2018

Memberships

  • American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, Past President
  • AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Past President
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons, Past President
  • Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry, Past President
  • Ohio State Neurosurgical Society, Past President
  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery, Past Vice President
  • Hydrocephalus Association, Medical Advisory Board
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Fellow

Professional Activities

  • Director, American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery
  • Past Director, American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • Editorial Board, Child’s Nervous System

Videos & Media

Pediatric Brain Tumors - FAQs

Pediatric Brain Tumors: Declan's Story

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Collaboration Conquers a Rare Intracranial Cyst, e-Pediatrician June 17, 2019

Online seminar: The Chiari Malformation — What’s New? June 11, 2019

Doctors Find Air Pocket Hidden in Man's Brain CNN 3/14/2018

Boy's skull pierced with screw in treehouse-building accident CNN Jan 26, 2018

Hopkins' Cohen Emphasizes 3 H's of Patient Care. NIH Record, December 1, 2017

Online Seminar "Advances in the Treatment of Pediatric Brain Tumors" 3/7/2017

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