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Sanford N. Cohen, MD

Sanford Cohen

District: 3

Current Term: 2021 - 2024

Elected in 2012   




  • Governance Committee, chair
  • Quality, Safety & Patient Experience Committee, member


  • Captain U.S. Army Medical Corps, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Director, Thai Hemorrhagic Fever Center, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Faculty NYU School of Medicine
  • Professor and Chair Pediatrics Department, Wayne State University School of Medicine and Chief of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit
  • Counselor and then VP (National) Society for Pediatric Research
  • Testified before National Commission for the Protection of Human Research Subjects, the U.S. Congress and the FDA
  • Oral Examiner, American Board of Pediatrics
  • Founder and Director of the WSU Developmental Disabilities Institute
  • Associate Dean, WSU School of Medicine
  • Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, WSU
  • Founding Chair of National Steering Committee of NIH Network of Pediatric Pharmacology Units
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Visiting Professor at numerous universities and hospitals


  • B.A. Johns Hopkins University
  • M.D. Johns Hopkins University
  • Intern Resident & Fellow, Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Special Fellow in Developmental Pharmacology, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH) (at NYU)
  • Certificate, Institute for Educational Management (IEM), Harvard University

Memberships/Community Involvement

  • Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Society
  • New York Academy of Medicine
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • Midwest Society for Pediatric Research
  • Perinatal Research Society
  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Pediatric Society
  • American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
  • President, Midwest Society of Pediatric Research
  • Committee on Scientific Programs, American Academic of Pediatrics
  • Member, Expert Committee on Drugs, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Committee on Scientific Programs, American Academic of Pediatrics
  • Member, Institutional Review Board, WSU School of Medicine
  • Executive Committee, Detroit Institute for Children
  • Michigan League for Human Services
  • Executive Committee, Epilepsy Center Foundation of Michigan
  • Member, Vice Chair, and Chair, The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners
  • Co-President, Temple Judea, Fort Myers
  • Trustee, Detroit Receiving Hospital
  • Executive Committee Advisory Board of Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
  • Founder and Chair of Advisory Board, College of Health Professions and Social Work, FGCU
    Pediatric Ethics Panel, LMHS
  • Member of Regional Health Policy Board, American Hospital Association
  • Past President, Senior and Retired Physicians Association of Southwest Florida
  • Former Lee County, Medical Society Disaster Planning and Coordinating Committee
  • President of two condo associations, Southwest Florida


  • Army Commendation Medal
  • John and Mary R. Markle Scholar in Academic Medicine
  • John F. Kennedy Visiting Professor Georgetown Medical School
  • Listed in "Who's Who in America"  
  • WSU Distinguished Service Awards 2012