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Dr. Bruce F. Cohen’s Resume

Bruce Frederick Cohen, MD

Chief Executive Officer, Boston Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Vice Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
Medical Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Winter Haven Women’s Hospital
Editor, The Obstetrical Reader


Bachelor of Arts
Yale University
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Training

OB/GYN Internship
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
OB/GYN Residency
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
MFM Fellowship
University of California, Irvine

Licensure and Certification

New York Medical License Registration
Florida License Registration
California Medical License Registration
Massachusetts Medical License Registration
Board Certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Board Certification in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Annual Board recertification in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Academic Appointments

Instructor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Harvard Medical School
Assistant Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Harvard Medical School
Clinical Assistant Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Harvard Medical School

Hospital Appointments

Associate Division Director, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Division Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Director of Maternal Services
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Vice Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Consultant, Bellevue Woman’s Hospital
Medical Director, Winter Haven Women’s Hospital

Awards and Honors

CREOG Performance Award
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Fellows Scholarship, NIH Conference
University of California, Irvine
“Teacher of the Year” Award, Department of OB/GYN
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Daniel Federman Teaching Award
Harvard Medical School

Hospital, Medical School or University Committee Assignments

Obstetrical/Perinatal Committee
Nantucket Cottage Hospital
Antepartum Admissions Committee
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Perinatal Committee, High-Risk Obstetrical Representative
Beverly Hospital
Quality Assurance Committee
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Teaching and Training Responsibilities


I have been an active teacher of medical students, residents and associated medical professionals throughout my career. I have run journal clubs, lectured extensively and participated in the third year course for Harvard Medical School students. I have trained residents in the clinics, in research laboratories, on Labor and Delivery Units and in the Operating Room. Currently, I teach and train the Residents and Medical Students at Tufts University in Boston at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. For 20 years, I served on the Harvard Medical School Faculty.

Professional Society Membership

The Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM)
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)
The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)

Major Research Interests:

I participated in research in small cell lung cancer at the Dana Farber Cancer institute prior to attending medical school. During my residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, I studied the effect of episiotomy type of clinical outcome and wrote a book chapter on the world history of Obstetrics and Gynecology. During my fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, I published on the prediction of shoulder dystocia in patients with Gestational Diabetes. Returning to Boston as an attending physician in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, I subsequently published on the assessment of Fetal Lung Maturity as well as a chapter on the history of vaginal birth after cesarean section.


Original Articles

  1. Elias A, Cohen B, Bernal S. Keratin Subtypes of Small Cell Lung Cancer. Cancer Research 1988;48:2724
  2. Elias A, Cohen B, Bernal S. Monoclonal Antibodies Recognizing Cytoskeletal Proteins of Small Lung Carcinoma. Lung Cancer 1988;4:92.
  3. Cohen B, Penning S, Major C, Ansley D, Porto M, Garite T. Sonographic Prediction of Shoulder dystocia in Infants of Diabetic Mothers. Obtet Gynecol 1996;88:10.
  4. Cohen B, Alvarez J, Towers C, Ludmir J Perofrmance of the Dipalmitoyl Phophatidylcholine Test in Predicting Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Contaminated Samples of Amniotic Fluid. Obstet Gynecol 1997;89:719
  5. Cohen B, Penning S, Ansley D, Porto M, Garite T. The Incidence and Severity of Shoulder Dystocia correlates with a Sonographic Measurement of Asymmetry in Patients with Diabetes. Am J of Perinatology 1999;16(2):19.
  6. Cohen B, Wilson M, Cohen A, Yum M. Prenatal Diagnosis of a Furcate Placenta. Obstet Gynecol 2020; 135:960-3.

Reviews, Chapters and Editorials

  1. Cohen B. Selected Topics in The History of OB/GYN from Ancient Egypt to the Twentieth Century. In : Seibel M, editor. Technology and Infertility: Clinical, Psychosocial, Legal and Ethical Aspects. Springer-Verlag, 1993.
  2. Elias A, Cohen B. Dose-Intensive Therapy in Lung Cancer. In: High Dose Cancer Therapy: Pharmacology, Hematopoitins, Stem Cells, second edition. Williams and Wilkins, 1995.
  3. Cohen B, Atkins M. Brief History of Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Sections. In: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology 2001;44(3).


  • Family

    Married with 3 children, ages 27,23,21 and 3 step children, ages 19, 15 and 11!

  • Triathlon Training

    Participant in more than 10 sprint and Olympic triathlon competitions as well as the Boston Marathon.

  • Creative Writing

    Completed second draft of my first novel, entitled “The High Priest of Beth Israel” and continuing with preparation for publication with author/wife, Tova Mirvis.

  • Music

    Former Conductor of the Jonathan Edwards’ Chamber Orchestra and Composer of two operas, “Dyskolus” and “Yellow Roses.” “Dysklolus” was performed at Wesleyan University, Williams College and then had a one month professional run in Boston. “Yellow Roses,” based upon Charlie Chaplin’s movie “City Lights,” was performed at Wesleyan University. Currently serve as the musical director of an a Capella group and perform on the piano at charitable events.