Craig R. Cohen, MD, MPH
Craig R. Cohen, MD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF and an attending physician at San Francisco General Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley, his medical degree from the University of Louisville, and his Master’s of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the University of Washington. He served as an intern, resident, senior research fellow, and ¬assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington prior to joining the faculty at UCSF in 2003.
Dr. Cohen conducts medical research in two major areas: HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention, and HIV/AIDS care and support in developing countries. In 1994 Dr. Cohen and his colleague Dr. Elizabeth Bukusi at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) established the Research Care and Treatment Program (RCTP), a collaboration with projects in Nairobi and Kisumu, Kenya. In addition to conducting research, the goal of the program is to enhance local capacity to conduct biomedical research through training and infrastructure development. RCTP employs over 200 full-time staff in Kenya including epidemiologists, physicians, nurse-counselors, laboratory technologists, field workers, data managers, biostatisticians and administrative staff.
Dr. Cohen has been the director of Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) since its creation in 2004. FACES is a CDC PEPFAR–funded HIV/AIDS care and treatment program in Western Kenya and Nairobi. As part of FACES, Dr. Cohen has also developed the Student Training Elective Program (STEP), which allows medical students and residents to do clinical and research electives at FACES sites.
Additionally, Dr. Cohen directs the UCSF Reproductive Infectious Disease (RID) Fellowship, which aims to provide ob/gyn and post-doctoral trainees with the tools and experience necessary to develop into independent investigators and launch productive careers in the field of RID. Furthermore, in 2005, he began the Infectious Disease Research Training Program (IDRTP), a program for Kenyan master’s and doctoral students and a joint effort between KEMRI and UCSF. IDRTP students receive training in STI clinical, epidemiological or basic sciences research through the UCSF Global Health Sciences Sandwich Certificate Program. Overall, Dr. Cohen has directly mentored more than 50 predoctoral students, residents and post-doctoral fellows, most of whom have conducted research in Kenya.