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Debbie Cohen, MD

Debbie Cohen, MD Physician

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

Languages spoken:

  • Hebrew

Dr. Cohen is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 1998
  • Nephrology, 2000

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adrenal Hypertension
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Failure
  • Paragangliomas
  • Pheocromocytoma
  • Secondary Hypertension

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
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • 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 , Local 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 employed by Penn Medicine.

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:

Beddhu Srinivasan, Rocco Michael V, Toto Robert, Craven Timothy E, Greene Tom, Bhatt Udayan, Cheung Alfred K, Cohen Debbie, Freedman Barry I, Hawfield Amret T, Killeen Anthony A, Kimmel Paul L, Lash James, Papademetriou Vasilios, Rahman Mahboob, Rastogi Anjay, Servilla Karen, Townsend Raymond R, Wall Barry: Effects of Intensive Systolic Blood Pressure Control on Kidney and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Persons Without Kidney Disease: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Trial. Annals of internal medicine : 2017.

Townsend Raymond R, Mahfoud Felix, Kandzari David E, Kario Kazuomi, Pocock Stuart, Weber Michael A, Ewen Sebastian, Tsioufis Konstantinos, Tousoulis Dimitrios, Sharp Andrew S P, Watkinson Anthony F, Schmieder Roland E, Schmid Axel, Choi James W, East Cara, Walton Anthony, Hopper Ingrid, Cohen Debbie L, Wilensky Robert, Lee David P, Ma Adrian, Devireddy Chandan M, Lea Janice P, Lurz Philipp C, Fengler Karl, Davies Justin, Chapman Neil, Cohen Sidney A, DeBruin Vanessa, Fahy Martin, Jones Denise E: Catheter-based renal denervation in patients with uncontrolled hypertension in the absence of antihypertensive medications (SPYRAL HTN-OFF MED): a randomised, sham-controlled, proof-of-concept trial. Lancet (London, England) : 2017.

Ching Kevin C, Cohen Debbie L, Fraker Douglas L: Adrenal Vein Sampling for Primary Aldosteronism: A 2-Week Protocol for Withdrawal of Renin-Stimulating Antihypertensives. Cardiovascular and interventional radiology : 2017.

Tagawa M, Ghosn M, Wachtel H, Fraker D, Townsend R R, Trerotola S: Lateralization index but not contralateral suppression at adrenal vein sampling predicts improvement in blood pressure after adrenalectomy for primary aldosteronism. Journal of human hypertension : 2017.

Rocco Michael, Chapman Arlene, Chertow Glenn, Cohen Debbie,Chen Jing, Cutler Jeffery, Diamond Matthew, Freedman Barry, Hawfield Amret, Judd Eric, Killeen Anthony, Kirchner Kent, Lewis Cora, Pajewski Nicholas, Wall Barry: CKD classification in SPRINT: Comparison using MDRD and CKD-EPI definitions A J Nephrol 44 (2): 130-140,2016.

Townsend Raymond R, Chang Tara I, Cohen Debbie L, Cushman William C, Evans Gregory W, Glasser Stephen P, Haley William E, Olney Christine, Oparil Suzanne, Del Pinto Rita, Pisoni Roberto, Taylor Addison A, Umanath Kausik, Wright Jackson T: Orthostatic changes in systolic blood pressure among SPRINT participants at baseline. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension : JASH : 2016.

Cohen Debbie L, Boudhar Sanaa, Bowler Anne: Blood Pressure Effects of Yoga, Alone or in Combination With Lifestyle Measures: Results of the Lifestyle Modification and Blood Pressure Study (LIMBS). Journal of Clinical Hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.) 18 (8): 809-16,2016.

Wachtel Heather, Zaheer Salman, Shah Parth K, Trerotola Scott O, Karakousis Giorgos C, Roses Robert E, Cohen Debbie L: Role of adrenal vein sampling in primary aldosteronism: Impact of imaging, localization, and age. Journal of Surgical Oncology 113 (5): 532-7,2016.

Kurella Tamura Manjula, Vittinghoff Eric, Yang Jingrong, Go Alan S, Seliger Stephen L, Kusek John W, Lash James, Cohen Debbie L, Simon James, Batuman Vecihi, Ordonez Juan, Makos Gail: Anemia and risk for cognitive decline in chronic kidney disease. BMC nephrology 17 (1): 13,2016.

Wachtel H, Kennedy EH, Zaheer S, Bartlett EK, Fishbein L, Roses RE, Fraker DL: Preoperative Metyrosine Improves Cardiovascular Outcomes for Patients Undergoing Surgery for Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma Annals of Surgical Oncology 3 : 646-54,2015.

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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