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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.

About Dr. Debbie Cohen

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2017, 2018

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties


  • Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Nephrology, 2000

Clinical Expertise:

  • Alport Syndrome
  • Berger's Disease (IgA Nephropathy)
  • Cardiorenal Syndrome (CRS)
  • Diabetic Kidney Diseases
  • Dialysis
  • Electrolyte Disorders
  • End-Stage Kidney Disease
  • Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)
  • Goodpasture Syndrome
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis
  • Hemodialysis
  • Henoch–Schönlein purpura
  • HIV-Associated Nephropathy
  • Home Dialysis
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypertension
  • Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Cyst (Renal Cyst)
  • Kidney Failure
  • Kidney Polycystic Diseases
  • Kidney Stones (Nephrolithiasis)
  • Kidney Transplant Rejection
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Leg Swelling (Edema)
  • Living Donor Kidney Transplantation
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Metabolic Acidosis
  • Nephritis
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Nephrotoxicity
  • Partial Nephrectomy
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Renal Disease and Pregnancy
  • Renal Osteodystrophy
  • Renovascular Hypertension
  • Ultrasound Guided Biopsy
  • Uremia
  • Vasculitis
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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 Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

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 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:

Upadhya Bharathi, Rocco Michael V, Pajewski Nicholas M, Morgan Tim, Blackshear Joseph, Hundley William Greg, Oparil Suzanne, Soliman Elsayed Z, Cohen Debbie L, Hamilton Craig A, Cho Monique E, Kostis William J, Papademetriou Vasilios, Rodriguez Carlos J, Raj Dominic S, Townsend Ray, Vasu Sujethra, Zamanian Sara, Kitzman Dalane W: Effect of Intensive Blood Pressure Reduction on Left Ventricular Mass, Structure, Function, and Fibrosis in the SPRINT-HEART. Hypertension (Dallas, Tex. : 1979) : HYPERTENSIONAHA11913073,2019.

Cohen Jordana B, Lotito Michael J, Trivedi Usha K, Denker Matthew G, Cohen Debbie L, Townsend Raymond R: Cardiovascular Events and Mortality in White Coat Hypertension: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Annals of internal medicine : 2019.

Chen Jing, Bundy Joshua D, Hamm L Lee, Hsu Chi-Yuan, Lash James, Miller Edgar R, Thomas George, Cohen Debbie L, Weir Matthew R, Raj Dominic S, Chen Hsiang-Yu, Xie Dawei, Rao Panduranga, Wright Jackson T, Rahman Mahboob, He Jiang: Inflammation and Apparent Treatment-Resistant Hypertension in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease. Hypertension 73 (4): 785-793,2019.

Nanba Kazutaka, Omata Kei, Gomez-Sanchez Celso E, Stratakis Constantine A, Demidowich Andrew P, Suzuki Mari, Thompson Lester D R, Cohen Debbie L, Luther James M, Gellert Lan, Vaidya Anand, Barletta Justine A, Else Tobias, Giordano Thomas J, Tomlins Scott A, Rainey William E: Genetic Characteristics of Aldosterone-Producing Adenomas in Blacks. Hypertension (Dallas, Tex. : 1979) 73 (4): 885-892,2019.

Wachtel Heather, Bhandari Sonia, Roses Robert E, Cohen Debbie L, Trerotola Scott O, Fraker Douglas L: Primary aldosteronism with nonlocalizing imaging. Surgery 165 (1): 211-218,2019.

Shulman Rachel, Cohen Debbie L, Grandner Michael A, Gislason Thorarinn, Pack Allan I, Kuna Samuel T, Townsend Raymond R, Cohen Jordana B: Sleep duration and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure in adults not on antihypertensive medications. Journal of clinical hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.) 20 (12): 1712-1720,2018.

Dobre Mirela, Gaussoin Sarah A, Bates Jeffrey T, Chonchol Michel B, Cohen Debbie L, Hostetter Thomas H, Raphael Kalani L, Taylor Addison A, Lerner Alan J, Wright Jackson T, Rahman Mahboob: Serum Bicarbonate Concentration and Cognitive Function in Hypertensive Adults. Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN 13 (4): 596-603,2018.

Rahman Mahboob, Hsu Jesse Yenchih, Desai Niraj, Hsu Chi-Yuan, Anderson Amanda H, Appel Lawrence J, Chen Jing, Cohen Debbie L, Drawz Paul E, He Jiang, Qiang Pan, Ricardo Ana C, Steigerwalt Susan, Weir Matthew R, Wright Jackson T, Zhang Xiaoming, Townsend Raymond R: Central Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Chronic Kidney Disease. Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN epub (4): 585-595,2018.

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, Whelton Paul K: 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.

Fishbein L, Ben-Maimon S, Keefe S, Cengel K, Pryma DA, Loaiza-Bonilla A, Fraker DL, Nathanson KL, Cohen DL.: SDHB mutation carriers with malignant pheochromocytoma respond better to CVD. Endocr Relat Cancer 24 (8): 51-55,2017.

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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