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Deborah Cohan


Obstetrician and gynecologist
Dancer and low-tech, trauma-informed obstetrician

Dr. Deborah Cohan is an obstetrician and gynecologist who specializes in caring for women with HIV and infectious diseases affecting the reproductive system. She also teaches body awareness and mindfulness to patients as techniques for coping with illness and other life challenges. Cohan is the medical director of HIVE, a multidisciplinary clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, which 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.

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

Cohan 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.

  • Education

    University of California, Berkeley, MPH, 2002

    Harvard School of Medicine, MD, 1996

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2000

  • Fellowships

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

  • Board Certifications

    Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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