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Children's Hospital Boston Names Cohen As New Neurosurgeon-in-Chief

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 7:14am

PRNewswire-USNewswire - Alan R. Cohen, MD, has been named Neurosurgeon-in-Chief and Chair of Children's Hospital Boston's Department of Neurosurgery. Children's Department of Neurosurgery is the largest and most specialized team of pediatric neurosurgeons in the world and was recently ranked first among children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Dr. Cohen joins Children's from UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland where he was the Chief of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief for 17 years. Cohen is described as a leader in developing minimally invasive techniques to enhance the safety and efficacy of selected neurosurgical procedures in pediatrics. Cohen also serves as chair of the AANS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery and as a director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. He has directed the annual Practical Course on Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery sponsored by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons for the past 18 years.

"Children's Hospital Boston is an internationally renowned hospital and has the premier pediatric neurosurgery team," said Dr. Cohen. "It is my great privilege and honor to lead the most sophisticated neurosurgery program in the United States and to continue to build on the ground breaking work of Dr. Michael Scott."

A recognized leader in neurosurgery, Dr. Scott will remain at Children's. During his tenure as Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, the Department of Neurosurgery has become a leader in surgical innovation developing pial synangiosis for Moyamoya syndrome and nationally-recognized advances in tumor, spinal, vascular, craniofacial endoscopic and epilepsy neurosurgery. The department also boasts the first pediatric intraoperative 1.5 tesla MRI suite (MR/OR), which allows MRI imaging before, during and after surgery. Scott also established the Shillito Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship in 1991, which supports an outstanding young neurosurgeon every year as he or she pursues intensive, post-graduate clinical training at Children's.

Building on Dr. Scott's leadership, Dr. Cohen plans to establish a new Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Laboratory at Children's with a research fellowship. The new laboratory will seek to advance the field of minimally invasive pediatric neurosurgery by developing tools, techniques and practices that will improve the quality and effectiveness of care while lowering cost.

Cohen is a graduate of Harvard University and Cornell University School of Medicine. He also received additional specialty training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, New York University and The National Hospital in London, England. Shenandoah "Dody" Robinson, MD, will also  join the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Robinson has been the surgical director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, and a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of epilepsy and spasticity. She is an NIH-funded researcher whose work has focused on methods for brain protection in newborns.

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