As medical director for thoracic oncology at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California, Dr. Robbin Cohen is committed to the successful diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer and other cancers of the chest. Under his leadership the Lung Cancer Program at Huntington Hospital has grown to be recognized as one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the greater Los Angeles area. Today’s Honoree is also making a name for himself through his effort to teach children about the health risks associated with smoking.
Through his program known as “Smoking Stinks,” Dr. Cohen meets with groups of middle school students and warns them about the dangers of picking up that first cigarette. He explains to the students that the No. 1 risk factor for lung cancer is smoking and also makes them aware that lung cancer is the deadliest of cancers, killing more men and women in the U.S. each year than
all other cancers combined.
Dr. Cohen’s passion for sharing his vast knowledge of cardiothoracic oncology also extends to medical students. He serves as a full-time faculty member at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Cohen joined the Keck staff in 1993 and is an associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery. His teaching methods and practices have earned him two medical student teaching awards at Keck.
Well respected in his field, Dr. Cohen has also been honored with the Richard J. Hurvitz, M.D. Excellence in Teaching Award from the USC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery twice as well as the Donald Doty Award for Thoracic Surgical Education from the Western Thoracic Surgical Association.
His main emphasis is on cardiac valvular disease, thoracic aortic disease, thoracic oncology and minimally invasive heart and lung surgery. Along with teaching he has written extensively and lectured internationally regarding those subjects.
A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Dr. Cohen graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Under the supervision of heart transplant pioneer Dr. Norman Shumway, he completed a general surgery residency, followed by fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery as
well as heart and lung transplantation. In 2004 Dr. Cohen received a master’s degree in medical management from the USC/Marshall School of Business.
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