Deborah Cohan, MPH, MD

Obstetrician and gynecologist

Dr. Deborah Cohan is an obstetrician and gynecologist who specializes in caring for women with HIV and reproductive infectious diseases. She also teaches body awareness and mindfulness as a way to help patients cope with illness and other life challenges. Cohan is the medical director of HIVE, a multi-disciplinary center at San Francisco General Hospital that provides reproductive and sexual wellness services for women and couples living with HIV.

Cohan's research interests include perinatal HIV transmission, prenatal HIV testing and reproductive infectious diseases. She is the founding director of the Foundation for Embodied Medicine, through which she offers training in body awareness, conscious dance and embodied presence to patients, caregivers and medical providers.

Cohan received a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, followed by a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UCSF. She then completed a fellowship in reproductive infectious diseases at San Francisco General Hospital. Cohan also earned a master's degree in public health from University of California, Berkeley.

Cohan is a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and of family and community medicine at UCSF.

Clinics

HIV/AIDS Program
350 Parnassus Avenue, Suite 908
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2119
Fax: (415) 353-2406

Hours: Monday to Thursday
8:30 a.m. – noon, 1 – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Academic Title

Professor

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Additional Languages

Spanish

Education

Harvard School of Medicine 1996
University of California, Berkeley, Masters in Public Health 2002

Residencies

UCSF Medical Center, Obstetrics and Gynecology 2000

Fellowships

UCSF/Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Reproductive Infectious Diseases 2002

Selected Research and Publications

  1. McDonald CR, Conroy AL, Gamble JL, Papp E, Hawkes M, Olwoch P, Natureeba P, Kamya M, Silverman M, Cohan D, Koss CA, Dorsey G, Kain KC, Serghides L. Estradiol Levels Are Altered in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Pregnant Women Randomized to Efavirenz-Versus Lopinavir/Ritonavir-Based Antiretroviral Therapy. Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Jan 18; 66(3):428-436.
  2. Roh ME, Shiboski S, Natureeba P, Kakuru A, Muhindo M, Ochieng T, Plenty A, Koss CA, Clark TD, Awori P, Nakalambe M, Cohan D, Jagannathan P, Gosling R, Havlir DV, Kamya MR, Dorsey G. Protective Effect of Indoor Residual Spraying of Insecticide on Preterm Birth Among Pregnant Women With HIV Infection in Uganda: A Secondary Data Analysis. J Infect Dis. 2017 Dec 19; 216(12):1541-1549.
  3. Conroy AL, McDonald CR, Gamble JL, Olwoch P, Natureeba P, Cohan D, Kamya MR, Havlir DV, Dorsey G, Kain KC. Altered angiogenesis as a common mechanism underlying preterm birth, small for gestational age, and stillbirth in women living with HIV. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 12; 217(6):684.e1-684.e17.
  4. Natureeba P, Kakuru A, Muhindo M, Ochieng T, Ategeka J, Koss CA, Plenty A, Charlebois ED, Clark TD, Nzarubara B, Nakalembe M, Cohan D, Rizzuto G, Muehlenbachs A, Ruel T, Jagannathan P, Havlir DV, Kamya MR, Dorsey G. Intermittent Preventive Treatment With Dihydroartemisinin-Piperaquine for the Prevention of Malaria Among HIV-Infected Pregnant Women. J Infect Dis. 2017 Jul 01; 216(1):29-35.
  5. Orlando M, Weber S, Martinez R, Cohan D, Seidman D. Safer Conception and Contraceptive Counseling By Providers of Men Living With HIV in San Francisco. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2017 Nov - Dec; 28(6):964-970.
  6. Seidman DL, Weber S, Cohan D. Offering pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention to pregnant and postpartum women: a clinical approach. J Int AIDS Soc. 2017 03 08; 20(Suppl 1):21295.
  7. Koss CA, Natureeba P, Kwarisiima D, Ogena M, Clark TD, Olwoch P, Cohan D, Okiring J, Charlebois ED, Kamya MR, Havlir DV. Viral Suppression and Retention in Care up to 5 Years After Initiation of Lifelong ART During Pregnancy (Option B+) in Rural Uganda. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Mar 01; 74(3):279-284.
  8. Weber S, Zakaras JM, Hilliard S, Cohan D, Dworkin SL. "Is It All Right for Me to Have a Baby or Not?": Men Living With HIV Discuss Fertility Desires and Interactions With Providers. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2017 Jan - Feb; 28(1):118-129.
  9. Kakuru A, Natureeba P, Muhindo MK, Clark TD, Havlir DV, Cohan D, Dorsey G, Kamya MR, Ruel T. Malaria burden in a birth cohort of HIV-exposed uninfected Ugandan infants living in a high malaria transmission setting. Malar J. 2016 Oct 18; 15(1):500.
  10. Haddad LB, Wall KM, Mehta CC, Golub ET, Rahangdale L, Kempf MC, Karim R, Wright R, Minkoff H, Cohen M, Kassaye S, Cohan D, Ofotokun I, Cohn SE. Trends of and factors associated with live-birth and abortion rates among HIV-positive and HIV-negative women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Jan; 216(1):71.e1-71.e16.
  11. Seidman DL, Weber S, Timoney MT, Oza KK, Mullins E, Cohan DL, Wright RL. Use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis during the preconception, antepartum and postpartum periods at two United States medical centers. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Nov; 215(5):632.e1-632.e7.
  12. Lazenby GB, Mmeje O, Fisher BM, Weinberg A, Aaron EK, Keating M, Luque AE, Willers D, Cohan D, Money D. Antiretroviral Resistance and Pregnancy Characteristics of Women with Perinatal and Nonperinatal HIV Infection. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2016; 2016:4897501.
  13. Greenwald SR, Cohan D, Weber S, Salmeen KE. The Exclusion of Sperm Donation on the Basis of Sexual Practices: Time for a Policy Update. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 06; 127(6):1097-9.
  14. Koss CA, Natureeba P, Nyafwono D, Plenty A, Mwesigwa J, Nzarubara B, Clark TD, Ruel TD, Achan J, Charlebois ED, Cohan D, Kamya MR, Havlir DV, Young SL. Brief Report: Food Insufficiency Is Associated With Lack of Sustained Viral Suppression Among HIV-Infected Pregnant and Breastfeeding Ugandan Women. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Mar 01; 71(3):310-5.
  15. Seidman D, Ruel T, Rahangdale L, Mittal P, Pecci C, Weber S, Goldschmidt R, Cohan D, Levison J. A clinical approach to elimination of perinatal HIV transmission in resource-rich settings. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2015 Dec; 131(3):309-10.
  16. Young S, Natamba B, Luwedde F, Nyafwono D, Okia B, Osterbauer B, Natureeba P, Johnson L, Michel C, Zheng A, Robine M, Achan J, Charlebois E, Cohan D, Havlir D. "I Have Remained Strong Because of That Food": Acceptability and Use of Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements Among Pregnant HIV-Infected Ugandan Women Receiving Combination Antiretroviral Therapy. AIDS Behav. 2015 Aug; 19(8):1535-47.
  17. Aaron E, Cohan D, Weber S. The changing landscape for HIV-serodifferent couples desiring a child. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Nov; 213(5):746.
  18. Seidman D, Weber S, Aaron E, Cohan D, Grant R. The FACTS about women and pre-exposure prophylaxis. Lancet HIV. 2015 Jun; 2(6):e228.
  19. Koss CA, Natureeba P, Mwesigwa J, Cohan D, Nzarubara B, Bacchetti P, Horng H, Clark TD, Plenty A, Ruel TD, Achan J, Charlebois ED, Kamya MR, Havlir DV, Gandhi M. Hair concentrations of antiretrovirals predict viral suppression in HIV-infected pregnant and breastfeeding Ugandan women. AIDS. 2015 Apr 24; 29(7):825-30.
  20. Cohan D, Natureeba P, Koss CA, Plenty A, Luwedde F, Mwesigwa J, Ades V, Charlebois ED, Gandhi M, Clark TD, Nzarubara B, Achan J, Ruel T, Kamya MR, Havlir DV. Efficacy and safety of lopinavir/ritonavir versus efavirenz-based antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected pregnant Ugandan women. AIDS. 2015 Jan 14; 29(2):183-91.

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