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David E. Cohen, MD, MPH


David E. Cohen, MD, MPH

Dr. Cohen is The Charles C. and Dorothea E. Harris Professor, and Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs for the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology of New York University School of Medicine. He leads the Section on Occupational and Environmental Dermatology.

Dr. Cohen joined the NYU faculty in 1994 and his work has concentrated on cutaneous allergic and toxic reactions to exogenous and photo-reactive chemicals and the interaction of environmental stressors on the skin.

He was empaneled by the Institute of Medicine to study the Federal Response to the Health Effects Associated with the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. He received CDC funding to develop a bioterrorism preparedness plan for skin infections caused by Anrthax for the federally mandated “Healthy People 2010 Goals for People Prepared for Emerging Threats.” The New York City Department of Health has consulted with Dr. Cohen to evaluate the cutaneous effects of the World Trade Center attack; and he has worked with the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health to discover new allergens in the workplace.

Dr. Cohen is the immediate past President of the American Dermatological Association, and served as President of the American Contact Dermatitis Society, the Dermatology Section of the New York Academy of Medicine, and the New York Dermatological Association. He served as a founding board member for the American Acne and Rosacea Society, and led the national guidelines of care for individuals with Latex allergy and served on the panel to establish the national guidelines of care for Atopic Dermatitis for the American Academy of Dermatology. He has authored 103 articles and 20 book chapters, and has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of Dermatologic disorders. He served on his community’s Board of Education for 9 years and as President for 2 years. In October, 2016, he was awarded the title of Master Clinician, New York University’s highest honor for a clinician bestowed to a single physician each year.

Dr. Cohen received his MD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine, his Masters of Public Health at Columbia University, and served as an Intern at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, a Dermatology resident from the New York University Medical Center and a resident in Occupational and Environmental Medicine from Columbia University School of Public Health.