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Debbie Cohen, MD

Debbie Cohen, MD Physician

Clinical Director, Hypertension Co-Director, Neuroendocrine Tumor Program Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • Hebrew

Dr. Cohen is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 1998
  • Nephrology, 2000

Clinical Expertise:

  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Failure
  • Paragangliomas
  • Pheocromocytoma

Description of Clinical Expertise

Chronic kidney disease, complex hypertension, pheochromocytoma,paraganglioma, adrenal hypertension and renovascular hypertension

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of the Witwatersrand School
Residency: Hillbrow Hospital
Residency: Johannesburg General Hospital/Witwatersrand University
Residency: Albert Einstein Medical Center
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Physicians, National American Heart Association, National American Society of Hypertension, Delaware Valley Chapter, Local American Society of Hypertension, National American Society of Nephrology, National National Kidney Foundation, National The Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma RESearch Support ORganization (PRESSOR, International Women in Nephrology (Philadelphia Chapter), Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Cohen is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

complex hypertension, adrenal hypertension, pheochromocytoma, chronic kidney disease

Selected Publications:

Huan Y, Cohen DL, Townsend RR: Central Aortic Pressure, Arterial Compliance: Emerging Tools to Identify and Guide Therapy for High Risk African American Patients Hypertension in High Risk African Americans Chapter 10 : 151-161,2015 .

Huan Y, Cohen DL, Townsend RR: Pathophysiology of Hypertension in Chronic Kidney Disease Chronic Renal Disease 1 (14): 163-169,2014.

Cohen DL, Huan Y, Townsend RR: Central BP monitoring, home BP monitoring and ambulatory BP monitoring in CKD CKD and Hypertension Chapter 2 : 11-23,2015.

Townsend RR, Cohen DL, Chang TI, Cushman W, DelPinto R, Evans GC, Glasser SP, Haley W, Olney C, Oparil S, Pisone R, Umanath K, Wright J: Orthostatic systolic blood pressure changes in SPRINT participants at baseline (Poster Presentation) Journal of the American Society of Hypertension 9 (4): e57,2015.

Academic Contact Info

One Founders Pavilion
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-7544
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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