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Jessica Cohan, M.D.

Chief Resident
General Surgery

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  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, B.S., Microbiology, 2005
  • Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, New York, M.D. 2010
  • University of California, San Francisco, M.A., Clinical Research, Candidate 2015
  • Department of Surgery
  • Institute for Health Policy Studies
  • General Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Quality of Life
  • Shared Decision Making
  • Surgeon-Patient Communication

Jessica N. Cohan, M.D. is a general surgery research resident in the Department of Surgery and research fellow in the Institute for Health Policy Studies and is pursuing a M.A. in clinical research at UCSF. Dr. Cohan obtained a B.S. from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California and her medical degree from the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

  • Leadership and Advocacy Summit Scholarship, American College of Surgeons, 2014
  • Jonathan A. Showstack Career Advancement Award in Health Policy, UCSF, 2014
  • Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America Research Fellowship Award, UCSF, 2014-2015
  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons General Surgery Resident Research Initiation Grant, UCSF, 2014-2015
  • Outstanding Graduating Microbiology Student, California Polytechnic State University, 2005
  • Summa Cum Laude, California Polytechnic State University, 2001

Jessica N. Cohan, M.D.'s primary research interest is the use of shared decision making in surgical patients. Other interests include studying the impact of depression on surgical outcomes, determining factors that contribute to poor quality of life in patients with pelvic floor disorders, and improving communication between surgeons and patients.

  • Institute for Health Policy Studies Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco
  • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Research Fellowship Award
  • American Society for Colon and Rectal Surgeons Resident Research Initiation Grant
  • Jonathan A. Showstack Career Advancement Award in Health Policy
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  1. Cohan JN, Ozanne EM, Sewell JL, Hofer RK, Mahadevan U, Varma MG, Finlayson E. A Novel Decision Aid for Surgical Patients with Ulcerative Colitis: Results of a Pilot Study. Dis Colon Rectum. 2016 Jun; 59(6):520-8. View in PubMed
  2. Finlayson E, Cohan J. Center the Patient in the Decision Process: A Tool to Inform the Consent and Share the Decision-Making in Patients With Rectal Cancer. Dis Colon Rectum. 2016 Mar; 59(3):163-4. View in PubMed
  3. Cohan JN, Rhee JY, Finlayson E, Varma MG. Impact of Surgery on Relationship Quality in Patients With Ulcerative Colitis and Their Partners. Dis Colon Rectum. 2015 Dec; 58(12):1144-50. View in PubMed
  4. Chou AB, Cohan JN, Varma MG. Differences in Symptom Severity and Quality of Life in Patients With Obstructive Defecation and Colonic Inertia. Dis Colon Rectum. 2015 Oct; 58(10):994-8. View in PubMed
  5. Cohan JN, Chou AB, Varma MG. Faecal incontinence in men referred for specialty care: a cross-sectional study. Colorectal Dis. 2015 Sep; 17(9):802-9. View in PubMed
  6. Cohan JN, Bacchetti P, Varma MG, Finlayson E. Impact of Patient Age on Procedure Type for Ulcerative Colitis: A National Study. Dis Colon Rectum. 2015 Aug; 58(8):769-74. View in PubMed
  7. Cohan JN, Bacchetti P, Varma MG, Finlayson E. Outcomes after ileoanal pouch surgery in frail and older adults. J Surg Res. 2015 Oct; 198(2):327-33. View in PubMed
  8. Cohan JN, Varma MG. Simple interventions for complex complications: moving surgery forward. Dis Colon Rectum. 2014 Jan; 57(1):3-4. View in PubMed
  9. Cohan JN, Moliterno JA, Mok CL, Lavi E, Boockvar JA. Pineal parenchymal tumor of intermediate differentiation with papillary features: a continuum of primary pineal tumors? J Neurooncol. 2011 Jan; 101(2):301-6. View in PubMed
  10. Moliterno JA, Knopman J, Parikh K, Cohan JN, Huang QD, Aaker GD, Grivoyannis AD, Patel AR, Härtl R, Boockvar JA. Results and risk factors for recurrence following single-level tubular lumbar microdiscectomy. J Neurosurg Spine. 2010 Jun; 12(6):680-6. View in PubMed
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  1. Cohan JN, Moliterno JA, Mok CL, Lavi E, Boockvar JA. Pineal parenchymal tumor of intermediate differentiation with papillary features: a continuum of primary pineal tumors? Abstract and poster presentated at Weill Cornell Medical College 2010 Medical Student Research Day.
  2. Cohan JN, Emily Nosova, Karen Chong, Hugh Alley, Christopher Owens, and S. Marlene Grenon. Depression and peripheral arterial disease: is physiology the link? Abstract presented at the 2014 J. Engelbert Dunphy Resident Research Symposium.
  3. Cohan JN, Chou A, Varma MG. Male fecal incontinence: who is seeking evaluation and treatment? Abstract and poster presented at the 2014 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons annual meeting.
  4. Chou A, Cohan JN, Varma MG. Comparison of obstructive defecation and colonic inertia subtypes in patients with constipation. Abstract and poster presented at the 2014 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons annual meeting.
  5. Cohan JN, Chou A, Varma MG. Determinants of Poor Quality of Life in Patients with Double Incontinence. Abstract and poster presented at the 2014 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.
  6. Cohan JN, Bacchetti P, Varma MG, Finlayson E. The Impact of Age and Frailty on Surgical Outcomes After Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis. Abstract and podium presentation at the 2015 Academic Surgical Congress.
  1. Cohan JN and Varma M. The Large Intestine in Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Surgery 14th Edition

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