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Dr. Cohn

Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Al Cohn, believes in providing each patient with a safe and rewarding plastic surgery experience. Originally from Columbus, Georgia, Dr. Cohn has lived in Birmingham, Alabama, since 2006. Dr. Cohn is committed to helping patients achieve beautiful, natural-looking results by combining technical excellence, artistic skill, and meticulous attention to detail. His goal is to provide the community with stellar service through specialized training and compassionate bedside manner.
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Academic Accomplishments


  • Received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1995, graduating cum laude
  • Graduated from medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC (2000)
    • While in medical school, Dr. Cohn was elected president of his medical class each of the four years he attended.
    • Dr. Cohn was one of five students inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, during his third year in medical school.
    • He went on to serve as president of Alpha Omega Alpha his senior year at the Medical University of South Carolina.
    • Dr. Cohn also received a variety of notable accolades, including a four-year academic medical-school scholarship as well as awards for service and leadership.


  • Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Cohn was accepted into the highly competitive, combined, general surgery/plastic surgery residency training program at the University of Chicago Hospital.
    • While there, he received extensive training with an internationally recognized faculty focusing on a wide range of plastic and reconstructive surgical procedures.
  • Fellowship, Breast Reconstruction and Aesthetic Surgery in Birmingham, AL (2006-2007)
    • Program Director: James Grotting, MD
  • Plastic Surgery Residency, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (2004-2006)
    • Program Director: David H. Song, MD
  • General Surgery Residency, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (2000-2003)
    • Program Director: Fabrizio Michelassi, MD

Credentials & Career Highlights

  • Board-certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
  • Active member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • Active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Former president of the Alabama Society of Plastic Surgeons (2015-2016)
  • Serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery in the division of plastic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital (2007-present)
  • Served as a clinical instructor of surgery at Physicians Medical Center Carraway
  • Teacher’s assistant, Medical Microbiology and Immunology (1999-2000)
  • Certified by the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners
  • Licensed by the Medical Licensure Commission of Alabama
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Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery is primarily focused on surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures for the face, breast, and body, with a heavy emphasis on both immediate and delayed complex breast reconstruction surgery. Dr. Cohn and his staff are committed to maintaining the highest standards of surgical excellence and patient care.

Dr. Cohn has won awards for academic presentations given at local, regional, and national meetings. He has written and co-authored an extensive array of academic and scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed plastic surgery publications.

Upon completion of his chief residency in 2006, Dr. Cohn went on to receive extra subspecialty fellowship training in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, and body with an additional focus on advanced breast reconstruction under the tutelage of his mentor and friend, Dr. James Grotting.

Dr. Cohn is the proud father of three loving daughters and is married to his devoted wife, Tracy. He enjoys coaching his children’s sports teams, playing tennis, and spending time with his family. He is actively involved in community, religious, and philanthropic endeavors.

  • PRIMARY: Brookwood Medical Center, Birmingham, AL (2007-present)
  • St. Vincent’s East, Birmingham, AL (2008-present)
  • Trinity Medical Center, Birmingham, AL (2008-present)
  • Baptist Health System-Princeton, Birmingham, AL (2008-present)
  • UAB Medical West, Bessemer, AL (2008-present)
  • St Vincent’s, Birmingham, Alabama (2006-present)
  • UAB Highlands, Birmingham, AL (2006-present)
  • UAB Hospital, Birmingham, AL (2006-present)
  • Surgical Quality Assurance Committee, Brookwood Hospital, 2010 Present (Chairman 2016-present)
  • Graduate Medical Education Committee, Physicians Medical Center Carraway (2007-2008)
  • University of Chicago Housestaff “Make it Easier” Committee (2005-2006)
  • University of Chicago Hospital, Graduate Medical Education Committee (2005-2006)
  • 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)

Dr. Cohn has given back to the community of Birmingham, Alabama, by volunteering his time to the following organizations:

  • Mountain Brook City School Foundation, Board Member (2015-present)
  • Temple Emanu-El, Birmingham, AL: Board Member (2012-present), President (2018-present)
  • Birmingham Soup Kitchen (2007-present)
  • Camp “I am Me” Burn Camp: Staff doctor (Summer 2004)
  • COM Service Committee Chairman (1998-1999)
  • Global Volunteers Program in Tanzania, Africa: Team leader (Summer 1997)
  • City of Charleston Health and Wellness Fairs (1997-1998)
  • Winwood Foster Home for Boys (1996-2000)
  • MUSC Hospital — Neonatal Intensive Care Ward (1996-1997)
  • Crisis Ministries, Soup Kitchen (1996-2000)
  • 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 (1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000)
  • H. Rawling Pratt-Thomas Service and Leadership Award (1997-1998)
  • USAA All-American Scholar Nominee: nominated by faculty member (1997-1998)
  • Recognized as Outstanding Student by The National Dean’s List (1998-1999)
  • Golden Apple Award Nominee (1998)
  • Most Valuable Medical Student Council Member award (1998-1999)


5-Star Experience from Beginning to End!

Dr. Cohn and his team far exceeded my expectations, from the initial consultation to each follow-up appointment. He and his team have exceptional bedside mannerisms that put any hesitations or nervousness at ease immediately. They make themselves readily available throughout the pre and post operation processes to ensure that any question and/or concerns are addressed timely. Dr. Cohn is a perfectionist in his craft, and the results speak for themselves. Dr. Cohn, Allyson, Amy, Kim and the rest of the team collectively made this a truly 5-Star experience!

20 Jun 2018

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