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Cohn is a medical doctor, as well as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hospital for Sick Children, which is affiliated with the University of Toronto. The Hospital for Sick Children is Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and largest center for helping children’s health in the country.
Cohn received his medical degree in 1996 from the University of Essen, Germany. Cohn took part in a postdoctoral fellowship at Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Campbell, who is the Roy J. Carver Distinguished Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at the institution. After his fellowship, Cohn moved to Baltimore, where he became the first combined resident in Pediatrics and Genetics at John Hopkins University.
In June 2001, Cohn joined the faculty of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at John Hopkins, where he served as an Associate Professor and Director of the world’s first multidisciplinary center for Hypotonia or Muscle Weakness. Cohn worked at John Hopkins for more than 11 years, until September 2012, when he joined the Hospital for Sick Children. He began at the hospital as Chief of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics. In May 2016, he was promoted to full professor and in May 2019 he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the entire hospital.
Cohn’s salary and benefits as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hospital for Sick Children came to $809,248.90 in 2020. Cohn has an estimated net worth of $8 million.
Cohn has received numerous awards: the David M. Kamsler Award, for outstanding compassionate and expert care of pediatric patients in 2004; the Award for Best Postdoctoral Research Presentation at the 2nd annual retreat of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine in 2005; the Young Investigator Award at the 7th International Symposium on the Marfa syndrome in Ghent, Belgium in September 2005; the Johns Hopkins University Clinician Scientist Award in 2006; the Helen B. Taussig Award, 29th Johns Hopkins Young Investigators’ Day in 2006; the First Annual Harvard-Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics Award in Medical Genetics in 2006; the Mentored Clinical Investigator Career Development Award in Muscle Disease Research in 2006; and the National Institutes of Health Director’s Young Innovator Award in 2008.