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ALVIN B. COHN

PERSONAL DATA

BIRTH DATE: June 16, 1973
BIRTHPLACE: Columbus, Georgia
CITIZENSHIP: United States of America
SPOUSE: Tracy Cohn
CHILDREN:

  • Morgan Cohn, daughter
  • Abby Cohn, daughter
  • Lexi Anne Cohn, daughter

BUSINESS ADDRESS:
Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery
One Inverness Center Parkway
Suite 100
Birmingham, AL 35242

BUSINESS PHONE: 205-930-1600
FAX: 205-383-3112

E-MAIL: albcohnmd@gmail.com


HOSPITAL AFFILATIONS

PRIMARY: Brookwood Medical Center, Birmingham, AL; 04/2007- current
St. Vincents East, Birmingham, AL; 01/2008-current
Trinity Medical Center, Birmingham, AL; 03/2008-current
Baptist Health System-Princeton, Birmingham, AL; 05/2008-current
UAB Medical West, Bessemer, AL; 09/2008-current
St Vincents, Birmingham, Alabama; 10/2006-current
UAB Highlands, Birmingham, AL; 01/2006-current
UAB Hospital, Birmingham, AL; 01/2006-current


EDUCATION AND TRAINING

UNDERGRADUATE: Duke University, Durham, NC
B.S. Psychology with Neuroscience Concentration, 05/1995.
Graduated Cum Laude with Distinction.
Dean’s List 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95.

GRADUATE: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
M.D., 05/2000
Graduated Cum Laude

POST GRADUATE TRAINING:

Fellowship, Breast Reconstruction and Cosmetic Surgery, Birmingham, AL
07/2006-06/2007
Program Director: James Grotting, MD

Plastic Surgery Residency, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
01/2004-06/2006
Program Director: David H. Song, MD

General Surgery Residency, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
06/2000-12/2003
Program Director: Fabrizio Michelassi, MD


CERTIFICATION AND LICENSURE

MEDICAL LICENSURE:
USMLE, Step 1: Passed, 06/1998
USMLE, Step 2: Passed, 03/2000
USMLE, Step 3: Passed, 06/2003

Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Written Exam: Passed, 10/2006
Oral Exam: Passed, 11/2008

Alabama Medical License #00027053


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital, 2007-present
Clinical Instructor of Surgery, Physician’s Medical Center Carraway, 2007-2008


HONORS

Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, 1st place Clinical Paper: 2006
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, Best General Reconstruction Paper by a resident/fellow: 2006
Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Society, local chapter president: elected as a junior student
MUSC Class of 1957 Scholarship: academically based monetary award, 1996-97, 1997-98,1998-99, 1999-00
H. Rawling Pratt-Thomas Service and Leadership Award: 1997-98
USAA All-American Scholar Nominee: nominated by faculty member, 1997-98
Recognized as Outstanding Student by The National Dean’s List, 1998-99
Golden Apple Award Nominee, 1998
Most Valuable Medical Student Council Member award: 1998-99


HOSPITAL COMMITTEES

University of Chicago Housestaff “Make it Easier” Committee, 2005-2006
University of Chicago Hospital, Graduate Medical Education Committee, 2005-2006
Graduate Medical Education Committee, Physician’s Medical Center Carraway, 2007-08
Surgical Quality Assurance Committee, Brookwood Hospital, 2010-2012


MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society
Jefferson County Medical Society
Alabama Society of Plastic Surgeons, President 2015-2016
University of Chicago Surgical Society
Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
American College of Surgeons, Fellow
American College of Surgeons, Alabama Chapter
American Medical Association
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
MUSC Medical Alumni Association
Medical Association of the State of Alabama


PROFESSIONAL COMMITTEES

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Mentorship Program, Resident Participant, 2005-06


PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Rapp DE, Cohn AB, Gottlieb LJ, Lyon MB, Bales GT. Use of Tissue Expansion for Scrotal Sac Reconstruction after Scrotal Skin Loss. Urology 65:1216-1218, 2005.

Cohn, AB. Walton, R. Immediate Autologous Breast Reconstruction Using Muscle Sparing TRAM with Superficial Epigastric System Turbocharging: A Salvage Option. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. 22 (3): 153-156, 2006

Odessey, EA, Cohn AB, Casper F, Schecter, LS. Hereditary Gingival Fibromatosis: Aggressive Two-Stage Surgical Resection in lieu of Traditional Therapy. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 57 (5): 557-560, 2006.

Villa, MT, Cohn, AB, Gottlieb, LJ. The Versatility of Free Style Thigh Perforator Flaps for Reconstruction of the Head, Neck, and Upper Extremity. [Abstract] Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 118 (4) [Supplememt]: 167, 2006.

Odunze, M, Cohn AB, Few, JW. Restylane and People of Color. Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 120(7):2011-2016, 2007.

Odessey, EA, Cohn AB, Schecter, LS. Invasive Mucormycosis of the Maxillary Sinus: Extensive Destruction with an Indolent Presentation. Surgical Infections. Volume 9 (1): 91-98, 2008.

Walton, RL, Cohn, AB, Beahm, EK. Epidermal Overgrafting Improves Coloration in Remote Flaps and Grafts Applied to the Face for Reconstruction. Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 121(5):1606-1613, 2008.

Cohn, AB, Lang, PO, Agarwal, JP, Stenson, KM, Cohen, EWE, Gottlieb, LJ. Free-flap Reconstruction in the Doubly Radiated Population. Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 122(1):125-132, 2008

Dorafshar, AH, Dickie, S, Cohn, AB, Aycock, J, Gottlieb, LJ. Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis: A 20-Year Experience. Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 122(1):154-160, 2008.


NON-PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Cohn, AB. Schechter, LS. A Helping Hand: Soft-tissue Reconstruction of the Mangled Upper Extremity. Plastic Surgery Products. November 2005.

Cohn, AB. Making the Transition from Academia to Private Practice. Plastic Surgery Pulse. Quality Medical Publications. Volume 1, Number 1. Nov 2009. Online Publication.

Cohn, AB. How to Get Happy in Plastic Surgery: Tips from a Novice. Plastic Surgery Pulse. Quality Medical Publications. Volume 2, Number 2. July 2010. Online Publication.


PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS/POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Bloom, JMP, Cohn, AB, Schlechter, B, Davis, N, and Schechter, LS. Abdominoplasty and Intra-Abdominal Surgery: Safety First. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Baltimore, MD, 10/07.

Grotting, JC, Cohn, AB. An Update on Breast Reconstruction: Keeping Current in 2007. 12th Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease, Amelia Island, FL, 2/07.

Villa, MT, Cohn, AB, Gottlieb, LJ. The Versatility of Free Style Thigh Perforator Flaps for Reconstruction of the Head, Neck, and Upper Extremity. Charles B. Huggins Research Conference, Chicago, IL, 5/2006.

Cohn, AB, Beahm, EK, Walton, RL. Epidermal Overgrafting Improves Coloration in Grafts and Flaps. Charles B. Huggins Research Conference, Chicago, IL, 5/2006.

Dorafshar, AH, Dickie, SR, Cohn, AB, Aycock, J, Gottlieb, LJ. A 20-year Experience with Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome (TENS): A Non-Sheer Treatment Approach in a University Burn Center. Charles B. Huggins Research Conference, Chicago, IL, 5/2006.

Dickie, SR, Dorafshar, AH, Cohn, AB, Aycock, J, Gottlieb, LJ. A 20-year Experience with Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome (TENS): A Non-Sheer Treatment Approach in a University Burn Center. Senior Scientific Session, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 4/2006.

Cohn, AB, Wu. LG, Lohman, R, Gottlieb, LG. Near-Circumferential Musculocutaneous/Perforator Thigh Flap on a Single Arterial Pedicle: A Novel Option for Large Soft-Tissue Defects. Senior Residents Conference, Arlington, VA, 3/2006

Cohn, AB, Beahm, E, Walton, R. Epidermal Overgrafting Improves Coloration in Grafts and Flaps. American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Tuscon, AZ, 1/2006
1st place, Best Resident Paper

Cohn, AB, Wu. LG, Lohman, R, Gottlieb, LG. Near-Circumferential Musculocutaneous/Perforator Thigh Flap on a Single Arterial Pedicle: A Novel Option for Large Soft-Tissue Defects. American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Tuscon, AZ, 1/2006

Cohn AB, Alizadeh, K, Stenson K, Gottlieb LJ. Dangerous Borders: Free-flap reconstruction of Doubly Radiated Tissue. World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10/2005

Cohn AB, Alizadeh K, Stenson K, Gottlieb LJ: New Frontiers: Free-Flap Rehabilitation of Doubly Radiated Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Charles B. Huggins Research Conference, Chicago, IL, 5/2005

Cohn AB, Alizadeh K, Stenson K, Gottlieb LJ: New Frontiers: Free-Flap Rehabilitation of Doubly Radiated Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgery, Chicago, IL, 4/2005

Cohn AB, Alizadeh K, Stenson K, Gottlieb LJ. New Frontiers: Free-Flap Rehabilitation of Doubly Radiated Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Plastic Surgery at the Red Sea. Eilat, Israel, 3/2005

Cohn, AB, Sweiss, N, Zachary, L. Periarterial Sympathectomy as a Salvage Procedure in Patients with Scleroderma and Refractory Digital Ischemia: Long-term Follow-up. American Association of Hand Surgeons, Puerto Rico, 1/2005

Cohn, AB, Song, DH. Vertical Reduction Mammaplasty in Overweight and Obese Patients. Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgery, Chicago, IL, 4/2003


PRESENTATIONS

Cohn, AB. Breast Reconstruction 2008: Evolution of the TRAM. Carraway Surgical Society, Orange Beach, AL, 5/08.

Grotting, JC, Cohn, AB. Endoscopic Browlifting. 11th Congress & Course on Aesthetic Surgery of the Face. Istanbul, Turkey, 6/07. (Presented by Grotting, JC.)

Grotting, JC, Cohn, AB. Facial Rejuvenation Using Short Scars and Ultrasonic Lipoplasty. 11th Congress & Course on Aesthetic Surgery of the Face. Istanbul, Turkey, 6/07. (Presented by Grotting, JC.)

Grotting, JC, Cohn, AB. Personal Approach to Rhytidectomy. 11th Congress & Course on Aesthetic Surgery of the Face. Istanbul, Turkey, 6/07. (Presented by Grotting, JC.)

Grotting, JC, Cohn, AB. Precision and Control in Mastopexy & Augmentation/Mastopexy. 11th Congress & Course on Aesthetic Surgery of the Face. Istanbul, Turkey, 6/07. (Presented by Grotting, JC.)

Grotting, JC, Cohn, AB. Implant and Tissue Expander Breast Reconstruction. 12th Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease, Amelia Island, FL, 2/07. (Presented by Grotting, JC.)

Grotting, JC, Cohn, AB. An Update on Breast Reconstruction: Keeping Current in 2007. 12th Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease, Amelia Island, FL, 2/07. (Presented by Grotting, JC.)

Grotting, JC, Cohn, AB. Augmentation Mastopexy: To Stage or Not to Stage. Southeastern Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons: 23rd Annual Breast Surgery Symposium, Atlanta, GA, 01/07. (Presented by Grotting, JC.)

Grotting, JC, Cohn, AB. A Simplified Technique for Vertical Reduction Mammoplasty. Southeastern Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons: 23rd Annual Breast Surgery Symposium, Atlanta, GA, 01/07. (Presented by Grotting, JC.)

Grotting, JC, Cohn, AB. Breast Reduction: The Sculpted Pillar Technique. QMP Symposium, Chicago, IL, 12/06. (Presented by Grotting, JC.)

Grotting, JC, Cohn, AB. The Short Scar Face Lift. QMP Symposium, Chicago, IL, 12/06. (Presented by Grotting, JC.)

Villa, MT, Cohn, AB, Gottlieb, LJ. The Versatility of Free Style Thigh Perforator Flaps for Reconstruction of the Head, Neck, and Upper Extremity. Charles B. Huggins Research Conference, Chicago, IL, 5/2006. (Presented by Villa, MT.)

Cohn, AB, Beahm, EK, Walton, RL. Epidermal Overgrafting Improves Coloration in Grafts and Flaps. Charles B. Huggins Research Conference, Chicago, IL, 5/2006.

Dorafshar, AH, Dickie, SR, Cohn, AB, Aycock, J, Gottlieb, LJ. A 20-year Experience with Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome (TENS): A Non-Sheer Treatment Approach in a University Burn Center. Charles B. Huggins Research Conference, Chicago, IL, 5/2006. (Presented by Dorafshar, AH.)

Dickie, SR, Dorafshar, AH, Cohn, AB, Aycock, J, Gottlieb, LJ. A 20-year Experience with Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome (TENS): A Non-Sheer Treatment Approach in a University Burn Center. Senior Scientific Session, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 4/2006. (Presented by Dickie, SR)

Odessey, EA, Cohn, AB, Schechter, LS. Hereditary Gingival Fibromatosis: Aggressive Two-Stage Surgical Resection Versus Traditional Therapy. Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, Oak Brook, IL, 4/2006. (Presented by Odessey, EA.)

Cohn, AB, Baxamusa, TH, Schechter, LS. Abdominoplasty Graft & VAC Therapy: Two Useful Adjuncts in Full Thickness Grafting of the Mangled Upper Extremity. Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, Oak Brook, IL, 4/2006.

Cohn, AB, Beahm, EK, Walton, RL. Epidermal Overgrafting Improves Coloration in Grafts and Flaps. Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, Oak Brook, IL, 4/2006.

Dorafshar, AH, Dickie, SR, Cohn, AB, Aycock, J, Gottlieb, LJ. A 20-year Experience with Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome (TENS): A Non-Sheer Treatment Approach in a University Burn Center. Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, Oak Brook, IL, 4/2006. (Presented by Dorafshar, AH.)

Villa, MT, Cohn, AB, Gottlieb, LJ. The Versatility of Free Style Thigh Perforator Flaps for Reconstruction of the Head, Neck, and Upper Extremity. Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, Oak Brook, IL, 4/2006. (Presented by Villa, MT)
1st place, Clinical Paper

Cohn, AB, Han, L, Schechter, LS. Elective Plastic Surgery Procedures Combined with Concomitant Intra-abdominal operations. Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, Oak Brook, IL, 4/2006.

Cohn, AB, Wu. LG, Lohman, R, Gottlieb, LG. Near-Circumferential Musculocutaneous/Perforator Thigh Flap on a Single Arterial Pedicle: A Novel Option for Large Soft-Tissue Defects. Senior Residents Conference, Arlington, VA, 3/2006

Cohn, AB, Beahm, E, Walton, R. Epidermal Overgrafting Improves Coloration in Grafts and Flaps. American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Tuscon, AZ, 1/2006
1st place, Best Resident Paper

Cohn, AB, Wu. LG, Lohman, R, Gottlieb, LG. Near-Circumferential Musculocutaneous/Perforator Thigh Flap on a Single Arterial Pedicle: A Novel Option for Large Soft-Tissue Defects. American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Tuscon, AZ, 1/2006

Cohn AB, Alizadeh, K, Stenson K, Gottlieb LJ. Dangerous Borders: Free-flap reconstruction of Doubly Radiated Tissue. World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10/2005 (Presented by Gottlieb, LJ.)

Cohn AB, Alizadeh K, Stenson K, Gottlieb LJ: New Frontiers: Free-Flap Rehabilitation of Doubly Radiated Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Charles B. Huggins Research Conference, Chicago, IL, 5/2005

Cohn AB, Alizadeh K, Stenson K, Gottlieb LJ: New Frontiers: Free-Flap Rehabilitation of Doubly Radiated Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgery, Chicago, IL, 4/2005

Cohn AB, Alizadeh K, Stenson K, Gottlieb LJ. New Frontiers: Free-Flap Rehabilitation of Doubly Radiated Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Plastic Surgery at the Red Sea. Eilat, Israel, 3/2005 (Presented by Gottlieb, LJ.)

Cohn, AB, Sweiss, N, Zachary, L. Periarterial Sympathectomy as a Salvage Procedure in Patients with Scleroderma and Refractory Digital Ischemia: Long-term Follow-up. American Association of Hand Surgeons, Puerto Rico, 1/2005

Cohn, AB, Song, DH. Vertical Reduction Mammaplasty in Overweight and Obese Patients. Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgery, Chicago, IL, 4/2003


BOOK CHAPTERS

Grotting, JC, Gardner, PM, Cohn, AB. “Reoperative Surgery Following Breast Augmentation.” In: Reoperative Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, 2nd Edition. Edited by Grotting, JC. QMP Publishing, St. Louis, 2007.

Cohn, AB, Agarwal, J. “Breast Embryology and Anatomy.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Board Review: Pearls of Wisdom. Edited by Lin, SJ & Hijjawi, JB. McGraw-Hill. New York, 2006.

Cohn, AB, Agarwal, J. “Breast Cancer.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Board Review: Pearls of Wisdom. Edited by Lin, SJ & Hijjawi, JB. McGraw-Hill. New York, 2006.

Agarwal, J. Cohn, AB, Agarwal, C. “Vascular Malformations.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Board Review: Pearls of Wisdom. Edited by Lin, SJ & Hijjawi, JB. McGraw-Hill. New York, 2006.


INVITED LECTURES

Cohn, AB. Plastic Surgery: Health, Safety, and Options in 2007. Greystone Heatlh Fair, Birmingham, AL, 2/07.


FOREIGN EXPERIENCE

Medical Aid for Children of Latin America, Mission, Dominican Republic, David H. Song, M.D. (February 2006)
Plastic Surgery Mission, Guatemala, McKay McKinnon, M.D (January 2005)
Global Volunteers Program, Tanzania, Africa (Summer 1997)


TEACHING

Teacher’s Assistant, Medical Microbiology and Immunology: 1999-2000


ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS

MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
President of Medical Class: 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000
President of AOA Chapter: 1999-2000
MUSC College of Medicine Student Council, member: 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000
AMA, member: 1996-present
AMSA, member: 1996-2000
MUSC College of Medicine, LCME Reaccredidation Team, Student Participant: 1996
South Carolina Medical Society, member: 1996-2000
COM Variety Show Committee, member: 1997-98
COM Mentor Program Committee, member: 1996-97, 1997-98
Faculty Excellence Award Committee, Co-Chairman: 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000
COM Academic Planning Committee, member: 1996-2000
Phi Chi Medical fraternity, member: 1996-2000
Sophomore Advisor: 1997-98


VOLUNTEER WORK

“Camp I am Me”, Burn Camp: Staff doctor, Summer 2004
Global Volunteers Program in Tanzania, Africa: Team leader, Summer 1997;
COM Service Committee Chairman, 1998-99;
Winwood Foster Home for Boys, 1996-2000
MUSC Hospital — Neonatal Intensive Care Ward, 1996-97;
Crisis Ministries, Soup Kitchen, 1996-2000;
City of Charleston Health and Wellness Fairs, 1997-98;
Synagogue Emanuel, Youth Group Leader, 1995-96, 1996-97;
Beth El Synagogue, Youth Group Leader, 1991-95
Durham Soup Kitchen, 1990-1995