Treatment & Services
- Consultation and Long-term Care
- Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap)
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
- Devic's Disease (Neuromyelitis Optica)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Optic Neuritis
- Transverse Myelitis
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA USA
Residency - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA USA
Internship - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA USA
Medical Education - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA
Undergraduate - Connecticut College
New London, CT USA
- Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
- Director, Mellen Center
- Director, Mellen Center Experimental Therapeutics Program
- Director, Mellen Center Clinical Neuroimmunology Fellowship
- Chair, International Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials, sponsored by National MS Society and ECTRIMS
- President Elect, ACTRIMS
- Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology
Clinical Trials, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology
Awards & Honors
- Freshman Chemistry Award, Connecticut College, 1973
- Sophomore Zoology Award, Connecticut College, 1974
- Junior Zoology Award, Connecticut College, 1975
- Winthrop Scholarship Award, Connecticut College, 1975
- Phi Beta Kappa, Connecticut College, 1976
- Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Chicago, 1980
- Clinician-Investigator Development Award, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 1988
- Distinguished Alumnus, Connecticut College, 1994
- American Neurological Association, 1998
- Health Professional of the Year, Ohio Buckeye Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2001
- Volunteer Hall of Fame, Health Professionals/Researchers, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2007
- Best Doctors in America
- Top Doctors, Cleveland Magazine
- America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly
Innovations & Patents
- Cohen JA, Greene MI, Williams WV, Inventors: Method of Stimulating Myelination of Cells, Patent No. 5,219,837.
- American Academy of Neurology
- American Neurological Association
Research & Publications
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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.
As of 6/25/2020, Dr. Cohen has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.
Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Cohen receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:
- Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Mylan, Inc.
Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.
* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.
48 Patient Satisfaction Reviews
The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.
Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.8|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.7|
9 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020
experience was excellent with both the Fellow and the Doctor. very thorough and explanations were put in lamens terms. I felt like they actually cared and took time to explain things to me
Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020
amazing experience!!! I have been trying to get answers at a neurologist for the last year and a half. The resident and dr did more for me in this 1 visit than the entire year and a half at the other neurologists.
Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020
Dr Cohen and Fellow Yan, continued to show care and compassion. Dr. Cohen continues to express his belief that decisions should be make TOGETHER and that is what makes Cleveland Clinic stand out from any other facility I have ever dealt with. It takes me 3.5 hours to get to your facility but, it was the best decision I ever made for my health.
Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020
I was able to get an appointment with the number one doctor in the world for my condition, and he was fantastic. I feel privileged to have had access to such excellent care.
Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020
Both Dr. Goldschmidt and Dr. Cohen were very helpful and concerned for my care.
Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020
Appt. was supposed to be with Dr. Cohen. One of his fellow's did all of the triage and exam. Cohen only spent the last few minutes of the visit without any substantive input with me.
Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020
Time spent was with a Fellow who seemed competent, however, she is not who I came to see. My appointment was supposed to be with Dr. Cohen who barely participated by was of introduction. He provided no productive or useful info that was expected from the visit and my time.
Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020
The visit did not meet my expectations. Dr. Cohen hardly participated and obvously had not reviewed my prior history. Previous electronic images had been lost and were not available and as a result, nothing substantive came from the meeting. I drove from Cincinnati and basically wasted a day. If Cohen had done any prior, the meeting would not/should not have occurred.
Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020
This appointment was a referral from Thomas Fenzl (Wooster, OH) was very grateful that Doctor Cohen and his team were able to get me same day. Thank you
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