Joshua M. Cohen, MD, MPH, FAHS, Elected Assistant Secretary of the Medical Society of the State of New York

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For Immediate Release

Joshua M. Cohen, MD, MPH, FAHS, Elected Assistant Secretary of the
Medical Society of the State of New York

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians

Westbury, NY—May 8, 2020— Joshua M. Cohen, MD, was elected Assistant Secretary of the Medical Society of the State of New York on May 7. Dr. Cohen is Senior Director, Global Medical Therapeutic Area Lead for Migraine & Headache at Teva Pharmaceuticals.

A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Cohen received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his neurology residency at Columbia University’s Neurological Institute. Additionally, he received a Masters of Public Health from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. He completed his headache fellowship at The Headache Institute and a mini-fellowship in pediatric headache at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Board certified in both Neurology and Headache Medicine, he was chosen as a Super Doctors® in 2013, a New York Rising Stars™ in 2014 and a Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors™ in 2015.

An active member of organized medicine for over 20 years, Dr. Cohen currently serves as MSSNY’s Commissioner for Public Health, and previously served as President of the New York County Medical Society. He has served the American Medical Association in a variety of leadership positions, including Chair of the Medical Student Section and Delegate to the House of Delegates as a member of the New York State Delegation.

Dr. Cohen has worked extensively with non-profits dedicated to improving public health. Since 2013, he has served on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Association Foundation and served as President of the Foundation 2017-2018. He was a founding Board member of the Nan Lightstone Foundation, whose mission is to support research and public education on infectious diseases. He served a two-year term as Chair for Trevor Project NextGen, supporting that organization’s work to provide suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to LGBTQ youth. Additionally, he was founder of Adolescents in Medicine at New York University, a program which encourages minority adolescents to pursue careers in healthcare fields, and he is also a former Albert Schweitzer Fellow.

Dr. Cohen has published original research and book chapters on headache disorders, with a research focus on patients with difficult-to-treat migraine. He is the recipient of multiple awards and accolades, including the American Headache Society (AHS)/Merck US Human Health Scholarship Award, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Harvard University Derek Bok Center Teaching Award.

Dr. Cohen lives in Manhattan with his husband, Keith, son Leo, and two dogs, Snax and Treatz.

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