Dr. Cohen is The Charles C. and Dorothea E. Harris Professor and vice chair of Clinical Affairs for the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, where he leads the section on Occupational and Environmental Dermatology. His clinical and research efforts concentrate on cutaneous allergic and toxic reactions to exogenous and photo-reactive chemicals, and the impact of environmental stressors on skin.
Dr. Cohen 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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control funding to develop a bioterrorism preparedness plan for Anthrax-related skin infections for the federally mandated “Healthy People 2010,” a comprehensive, nationwide health promotion and disease prevention agenda. The New York City Department of Health has consulted with Dr. Cohen to evaluate the cutaneous effects of the World Trade Center attacks, and he has worked with the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health to discover new allergens in the workplace.