Susan S Cohen, MD

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatrics - General
Children’s Wisconsin since 2011
  • Associate Professor, the Medical College of Wisconsin




Dr. Cohen received her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Philosophy and her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her postgraduate studies in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine were completed at Brown University. She has a long-standing interest in perinatal brain injury both in her basic and clinical research. She is the director of the Neonatal Neurocritical Care Program at Children’s Wisconsin leading a multi-disciplinary team to improve care in the NICU. She is also the medical director of the HOPE Developmental Follow-up Clinic and neonatal provider in the DREAM Neurodevelopmental Multi-disciplinary Follow-up Clinic. Dr. Cohen is a strong advocate for patients and families and enjoys working with residents and medical students to help them learn how to optimally care for the premature and seriously ill newborn.


  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatrics - General

Areas of Interest

  • Neonatology
  • Developmental follow-up program
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Education and Awards


  • 2003, Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine, MD
  • 2002, Virginia Commonwealth University, BA


  • 2006, Brown University- Hasbro Children's Hospital - Pediatrics
  • 2006, Rhode Island Hospital (Providence, RI) - Pediatrics


  • 2010, Brown University- Women & Infants Hospital - Neonatology
  • 2010, Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island - NEONATAL-PERINATAL MEDICINE (PEDIATRICS)


  • 1994, Provost Scholarship Recipient, University undergraduate scholarship equal to tuition and fees for four years
  • 1997, Board of Visitors Scholar, awarded to distinguished undergraduates for academic scholarship and service
  • 1998, Distinguished Academic Service Award, awarded to most distinguished senior undergraduate for service to university
  • 2003, Elizabeth Joanne Harbison Memorial Award for Pediatrics, award given to the most promising M4 pursuing Pediatrics
  • 2006, Brown Medical School Teaching Award, awarded during third year of residency
  • 2010, SWAN Award for Patient Safety at Women & Infants Hospital, nominated by hospital staff for patient care during third year of fellowship

Research and publications


Dr. Cohen has been involved in studies to understand brain development and the pathogenesis of brain injury in the fetus and newborn.  Her fellowship research focused primarily on the effects of inflammation on the barrier properties of the newborn blood-brain barrier.  Her current work has been focused on the effects of reactive oxygen species on brain development in the fetus and newborn.