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Scott Cohen Scott Cohen
Associate Professor of Medicine

Office Phone: 202-741-2283
Email: Email
Department: Medicine


  • BS, University of Miami, 1997
  • MD, University of Miami, 2001


Scott D. Cohen MD, MPH, FASN is the Fellowship Program Director in the Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at GW.

Dr. Cohen was Class Valedictorian from Miami Palmetto Senior High School and recipient of the Miami Herald’s Silver Knight Award in honor of his service to the community and contributions to the social sciences. He graduated from the combined BS, MD Honors Program in Medical Education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society in 2001. Dr. Cohen completed his internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center and nephrology fellowship at George Washington University Hospital. He also completed an additional subspecialty fellowship in glomerular diseases at Columbia University New York Presbyterian Hospital and a Master’s in Public Health at George Washington University.

Dr. Cohen is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology. He is active in medical education and has served as the director of multiple courses at GW medical school including Introduction to Clinical Medicine and the clinical lead of the renal section for the Cardiology-Pulmonary-Renal block taught to first year medical students. He has a strong interest in innovative active based medical education and has assisted in updating the undergraduate and graduate medical education curriculum. He serves on the curriculum committee at GW School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen was recognized for his contributions to education receiving the Distinguished Teacher Award for George Washington University School of Medicine in 2018.

Dr. Cohen’s research interests focus on Psychosocial Issues in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients, HIV associated Kidney Diseases, and Glomerular Diseases. He was the recipient of a two-year National Kidney Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship Grant and has received funding from PCORI to evaluate the impact of antidepressant therapy for hemodialysis patients. He has more than 50 peer reviewed publications including in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. He is the co-editor of the first textbook to address the Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Kidney Disease to be published in 2020. Dr. Cohen has served as an invited reviewer for the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Clinical Nephrology and BMC Nephrology.

Dr. Cohen’s clinical interests focus on glomerular diseases, acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease and point-of-care kidney ultrasonography. He started the glomerular diseases subspecialty clinic at GW which serves as the tertiary care referral center for management of glomerulonephritis in the Washington DC Region. He also serves as medical director of a local hemodialysis unit. Dr. Cohen has been recognized as a Top Doctor by the Washingtonian and Washington Consumer Checkbook Magazines.


  • Novel therapeutic options for the treatment of Glomerulonephritis, HIV Associated Immune Complex Renal Diseases, Psychosocial Issues in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients.
  • He is a co-investigator on a PCORI funded research grant to evaluate the impact of antidepressant therapy in end stage renal disease patients on hemodialysis.

Community Service

  • Member, American Society of Nephrology and International Society of Nephrology


  • Renal Diseases and Hypertension


View publications by this faculty member.

Nobakht E, Cohen SD, Rosenberg A, Kimmel PL. HIV-Associated Immune Complex Kidney Disease. Nature Rev Nephrol, Invited Manuscript, in press

Ramezani A, Devaney JM, Cohen S, Wing MR, Scott R, Knoblach S, Singhal R, Howard L, Kopp JB, Raj DS. Circulating and urinary microRNA profile in focal segmental glomerulosclerosis: a pilot study. Eur J Clin Invest 45: 394-404, 2015

Cohen SD, Appel GB. Approach to the Patient with Chronic Glomerular Disease. Invited Chapter in Kimmel PL, Rosenberg M eds, Chronic Renal Disease, 1st ed, 2014

Cohen SD, Kimmel PL, Kopp J. HIV and Chronic Renal Disease. Invited Chapter in Kimmel PL, Rosenberg M eds, Chronic Renal Disease, 1st ed, 2014

Cohen SD, Davison S. Pain and Chronic Renal Disease. Invited Chapter in Kimmel PL, Rosenberg M eds, Chronic Renal Disease, 1st ed, 2014

Cohen SD, Cukor D, Kimmel PL. Psychosocial issues in the dialysis population, in Daugirdas JT, Blake PB, Ing TS, Eds: Handbook of Dialysis 5th Ed, Little Brown, Boston MA; 2014

Cohen SD, Kimmel PL. Quality of life and mental health are related to timing, frequency and dose of hemodialysis. Semin Dial 26: 697-701, 2013

Cohen SD. Social support interventions will improve the quality of life of ESRD patients. Semin Dial 26: 262-265, 2013

Cohen SD, Kimmel PL. Long-term sequel of acute kidney injury in the ICU. Curr Opinion Crit Care, 18: 623-628, 2012

Sprangers B, Bomback AS, Cohen SD, Radhakrishnan J, Valeri A, Markowitz GS, D’Agati V, Appel GB. Idiopathic Membranous Nephropathy: Clinical and Histologic Prognostic Features and Treatment Patterns over Time at a Tertiary Referral Center. Am J Nephrol 36: 78-89, 2012

Liakopoulos V, Huerta A, Cohen S, Pollak MR, Sirota RA, Superdock K, Appel GB. Familial collapsing focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Clin Nephrol, 2011; 362-368

Vincente F, Cohen SD, Appel GB. Novel B cell therapeutic targets in transplantation and immune mediated glomerular disease. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol, 2010; 5: 142-151.

Rekhtman Y, Bomback AS, Nash M, Cohen SD, Matalon A, Jan DM, Kaufmann H, Axelrod F, Radhakrishnan J, Appel GB. Renal Transplantation in Familial Dysautonomia: Report of two cases and a review of the literature. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol, 2010; 9: 1676-1680

Sprangers B, Lefkowitz G, Cohen SD, Stokes MB, Valeri A, Appel GB, Kunis C. Beneficial effect of rituximab in the treatment of recurrent idiopathic membranous nephropathy after kidney transplantation. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2010; 5: 790-797

Bomback AS, Song H, D’Agati VD, Cohen SD, Neal A, Appel GB, Rovin BH. A new apolipoprotein E mutation, apoE Las Vegas, in a European-American with lipoprotein glomerulopathy. Nephrol Dial Transplant 2010; 10: 3442-3446

Cohen SD, Phillips TM, Khetpal P, Kimmel PL. Cytokine patterns and survival in hemodialysis patients. Nephrol Dial Transplant, 2010; 4: 1239-1243

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