Michael Cohen, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

MD, University of Pennsylvania

Michael Cohen, MD is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and an attending surgeon at the VA Medical Center- Boston. As a resident, he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and received the Jeffrey H. Spiegel Award for Accomplishment in Plastic Surgery, a testament of his skills as a student and surgeon. He has received several departmental commendations, including the Chiefs’ Camaraderie Award and the Charles Vaughan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award. His clinical practice is focused on adult and pediatric sleep apnea, and his research interests are focused on sleep apnea and snoring, as well as social determinant of health. He is also interested in resident and medical student education.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Cornell University and graduated from medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Boston Medical Center in 2014, joining the faculty upon graduating. He practices as a General Otolaryngologist, dividing his time between Boston Medical Center and the VA Medical Center in Boston.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

One of the reasons I wanted to train at Boston Medical Center for residency, and subsequently chose to remain as faculty, was to work at an institution with a deep commitment to serving patients who come from traditionally marginalized segments of our society, including immigrants, the incarcerated, racial minorities, and those from socio-economically disadvantaged areas. An unexpected opportunity during my training was caring for transgender patients, under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, a pioneer of facial feminization surgery for male to female transgender patients. These experiences as a trainee further reinforced my desire to continue my work at Boston Medical Center, allowing me to continue to work with patients from a diverse set of racial, gender, and geographic backgrounds, ensuring access to care for all.

Since joining the faculty, I have worked to expand the diversity of our profession through myservice on the medical school admissions committee, where we take a holistic view of applications and prioritize recruiting a medical school class that reflects the diversity of the population we serve as well as the population of our country as a whole. I also volunteer to serve on the anti-racism task force within the medical school admissions committee, which started following the increased emphasis on this aspect of our mission as a result of the work of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Additionally, much of my clinical research has focused on the effect of patient socio-economic status in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea.

I am dedicated to creating a working and learning community that promotes access to care for all patients, welcomes students and trainees from a variety of backgrounds, and creates access to opportunities for a diverse collection of colleagues.

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

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  1. Garvey EA, Jamil TL, Levi JR, Cohen MB. Demographic disparities in children with retropharyngeal and parapharyngeal abscesses. Am J Otolaryngol. 2024; 45(2):104140.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38070379
  2. Choi Y, Bloom J, Levi J, Cohen MB. Geographic Diversity Among Otolaryngology Residency Programs. J Surg Educ. 2022 Nov-Dec; 79(6):1546-1552.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35701301
  3. Ward LM, LaRosa AH, Prakash Y, Cohen MB, Levi JR. Internet and social media research by parents of pediatric otolaryngologic patients. Am J Otolaryngol. 2022 Sep-Oct; 43(5):103518.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35696816
  4. Ward LM, LaRosa AH, Prakash Y, Cohen MB, Levi JR. Opioid use in pediatric otolaryngologic surgery: A survey of caregivers' attitudes. J Opioid Manag. 2022 May-Jun; 18(3):237-242.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35666480
  5. Uppalapati AV, Hubbell RD, Cheung AY, Kakarlapudi S, Cohen MB, Levi JR. Severe Versus Very Severe Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea Outcomes After Adenotonsillectomy. Laryngoscope. 2022 09; 132(9):1855-1860.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34704621
  6. Cheung A, Chen T, Rivero R, Hartman-Joshi K, Cohen MB, Levi JR. Assessing Loss to Follow-up After Newborn Hearing Screening in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Sociodemographic Factors That Affect Completion of Initial Audiological Evaluation. Ear Hear. 2021 09 14; 43(2):577-581.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34524152
  7. Ward LM, Sykora CA, Prakash Y, Cohen MB, Levi JR. Parental Views on the Role of Social Media in Pediatric Otolaryngology. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2022 Jun; 131(6):640-646.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34369201
  8. Bachrach K, Danis DO, Cohen MB, Levi JR. The Relationship Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Pediatric Obesity: A Nationwide Analysis. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2022 May; 131(5):520-526.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34192945
  9. Jaleel Z, Schaeffer T, Trinh C, Cohen MB, Levi JR. Prematurity: A Prognostic Factor for Increased Severity of Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Laryngoscope. 2021 08; 131(8):1909-1914.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33629766
  10. Abraham EJ, Bains A, Rubin BR, Cohen MB, Levi JR. Predictors of a Normal Sleep Study in Healthy Children with Sleep Disordered Breathing Symptoms. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2021 Sep; 130(9):1029-1035.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33544624
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Pediatric Otolaryngology
Chronic Sinusitis
Salivary Gland Disorders
Snoring and Sleep Surgery
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