Alan Cohen

Dr Alan Cohen

Professor of Pediatrics Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Alan R. Cohen, MD is Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, PA, USA. After earning his BA degree from Harvard College and his MD degree from Penn in 1972, Dr Cohen completed his internship and residency at CHOP in 1974. He was Chief Resident from 1974 to 1975, and held a hematology-oncology fellowship at CHOP from 1975 to 1978. He was appointed as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Penn in 1978 and promoted to Associate Professor in 1984 and to Professor in 1990. From 1992 until 2001, he was Chief of the Division of Hematology at CHOP. In 2001, he was appointed as the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief at CHOP and Penn, and he completed 12 years in these positions.

Professor Cohen’s research interests have focused on thalassemia, sickle cell disease, and transfusional iron overload. He has developed novel approaches to transfusion therapy to reduce the rate of iron accumulation, and has led clinical trials of the currently licensed iron chelators.

Among his more than 100 publications are original papers in major journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Blood, The Lancet, the British Journal of Haematology, and the Journal of Pediatrics. Professor Cohen was the Chair of the Seventh Cooley’s Anemia Symposium of the New York Academy of Sciences, and he served as editor of the subsequent volume of the Academy’s Annals. He has been a co-editor of the international guidelines for the management of thalassemia, and a volume on iron disorders for the Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America. He has been awarded numerous research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Professor Cohen has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Pediatrics, as President of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO), and as Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation.

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