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Children's Hospital Names Residency Program Director

Posted: 10/4/2018

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Dr. Debra Cohen has been selected to serve as pediatric residency program director for The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart.

Dr. Cohen has practiced pediatric hematology/oncology at The Children’s Hospital since October 2017. She came to Pensacola having served as director of the pediatric sickle cell transition program and interim director of the pediatric sickle cell program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where she received numerous awards for patient experience and satisfaction. She was formerly an assistant professor of hematology/oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Cohen is fellowship-trained and board-certified in pediatric hematology/oncology. She graduated with dual majors in business and psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and she received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in pediatrics and fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where she received Northwestern University’s Residency Teaching Award. She completed her training at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Cohen has been the principal investigator on multiple grants and pharmaceutical studies for sickle cell disease and its management, and she has presented her research at a number of professional conferences. Dr. Cohen has been a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, the American Society of Hematology, the American Balint Society and the Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research.

Sacred Heart’s pediatric residency program is affiliated with the University of Florida College of Medicine. As Northwest Florida’s only pediatric residency program, Sacred Heart stays on the leading edge of health research and provides the latest treatment options, including those for rare conditions.

The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is a 117-bed facility that serves as the only children’s hospital in Northwest Florida. The Children’s Hospital offers a wide range of services to meet all of a child’s medical needs, from a pediatric emergency room and neonatal intensive care unit to a medical staff of more than 120 board-certified physicians across 30 pediatric specialties. The Children’s Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay. Sacred Heart Health System is a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. For more information about the services available at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, visit


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