Department of
Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital
A member of Alameda Health System


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Jenny Cohen, MD, MPH
Division: Internal Medicine
Core Faculty

Medical School:

University of California, San Francisco


UCSF / University of California Primary Care Program

Clinical Interest:

Chronic pain, preventative care, sexual health, evidence-based medicine

Research Interest:

Quality improvement, Graduate Medical Education, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Population Health

Recent Publications:

1.   Ghooray K, Cohen JK. “Chronic disease and cancer screening in an underserved community: Improving population health programming through medical assistant (MA) empowerment and education. Abstract submitted to Regional SGIM 2017.

2.   Soi R, Kandahari N, Cohen JK. “PAP-Apocalypse: Using Population Health and Panel Management to Improve Low Rates of Cervical Cancer Screening in a Safety-Net Resident Clinic.” Innovations in Quality Improvement.  California-Hawaii  Regional SGIM 2017.

3.   Ramesh R, Ohri R, Cohen JK. “A multidisciplinary approach to close quality gaps in colorectal cancer screening in a community clinic”. Abstract submitted to Regional SGIM 2017.

4.   Cohen JK, Yen IH. "Chapter 1. Understanding Study Design for Clinical Epidemiology Studies". Clinical Epidemiology of Chronic Liver Diseases. Ed. Robert Wong. Springer Nature. Publication Pending.

5.   Cohen JK, Bakamjian A, Leng L, Adhikari M, Flattery D, Berry L.  No ifs, ands, or butts: Leveraging population health to focus on the care of patients who smoke.   Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development.  Accepted and publication is pending revisions.

6.   Loring Z, Cohen JK, Morgan J, Yang J, Zimmet J.  The late presenting STEMI: How EKG scores can be used to estimate event time. J Electrocardiol. 2016 Jul 5. Pii: S0022-0736. PMID: 27426204.

7.   Cohen J K, Santos GM, Moss NJ, Coffin PO, Block N, Klausner JD. Regular Clinic Attendance in Two Large San Francisco HIV Primary Care Settings. AIDS Care. 2015 Dec 11:1-6 PMID: 26654093

8.   Ciccarone D, Unick J, Cohen JK, Mars S, Rosenblum, D. Nationwide Increase in Hospitalizations for Heroin-related Soft Tissue Infections: Associations with Structural Market Conditions. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Jun1; 163:126-33. PMID: 2715576

9.   Cohen JK, Lo YR, Caceres CF, Klausner JD.  WHO guidelines for HIV/STI prevention and care among MSM and transgender people: implications for policy and practice. WHO guideline working group.  Sex Trasm Infect. 2013 Nov; 9(7):536-8. PMID: 24123866

10.   Cohen JK, Flynn R, Boylan R,  Klausner JD.  Acceptability of Fingerprint Scanning for Personal Identification Among Patients Seeking HIV/STI-related services, Los Angeles, 2011.  J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Dec 1;61(4): e59-60.  PMID: 23138730

11.   Cohen JK, Cisco RM, Scholten A, Mittmaker E, Duh QY . Case Report: Pheochromocytoma crisis resulting in acute heart failure and cardioembolic stroke in a 37-year-old man. Surgery 2014 Apr; 155(4):726-7.  PMID: 23305592

12.   Scholten A, Cisco, RM, Cohen JK, Mittmaker E, Duh QY.  Pheochromocytoma crisis is not a surgical emergency. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Feb; 98(2):581-91. PMID: 23284003

13.   Cohen, JK and Klausner, JD. HIV testing update. Medical Laboratory Observer.  November 2011.

14.   Tamamizu-Kato S, Cohen JK, Drake CB, Kosaraju MG, Drury J, Narayanaswami V. Interaction with amyloid beta peptide compromises the lipid binding function of apolipoprotein E. Biochemistry. 2008 May 6;47(18):5225-34. Epub 2008 Apr 12. PMID: 18407659

15.   Kiss RS, Weers PM, Narayanaswami V, Cohen J, Kay CM, Ryan RO.  Structure-guided protein engineering modulates helix bundle exchangeable apolipoprotein properties. J Biol Chem. 2003 Jun 13;278(24):21952-9.  PMID: 12684504

16.   Cohen J.  Could a Chocolate Bar a Day Keep the Doctor Away?. Issues, Berkeley Undergraduate Medical Journal.  Spring 2004.

Recent Presentations:

1.  Jenny K. Cohen, Lisa Leng, Mili Adhikari, Carima Smith, Blake Gregory, Palav Babaria, Lyn Berry, and Davida Flattery. No ifs, ands, or butts: Leveraging population health to focus on the care of patients who smoke. Society of General Internal Medicine National Conference. 2017.

2.   C.H. Senter, J. K. Cohen, R. Laponis. Resident Injection Clinic: Teaching Procedural Skills in a Primary Care Residency Program. American Medical Association Society for Sports Medicine Annual Conference. 2017.

3.   Blake Gregory, Jenny Cohen, Davida Flattery, and Lyn Berry.  Panel Management in a Resident Primary Care Clinic: A Platform for Population Health. IHI National Meeting 2016.

4.   Jenny K. Cohen. Choosing the right needle for the right haystack: using a diagnostic algorithm to diagnose an uncommon cause of unifocal lymphadenopathy.  Clinical Vignette.  2016 National SGIM meeting.  2016 SGIM National Meeting.

5.   Jenny K. Cohen, R. Laponis, and C.H. Senter.  Injecting Musculoskeletal Procedural Skills into a Primary Care Curriculum: The Resident Injection Clinic.  2016 SGIM California-Hawaii Regional Meeting.

6.   Jenny K. Cohen and Amy Garlin.  If I Had a (Reflex) Hammer: Using New Tools to Address an Old Problem. AAMC Western Group on Educational Affairs.  May4-7, 2013, Irvine, Ca

7.   Jenny K. Cohen, Kathleen Coggshall, Maria Wamsley, Patricia O’Sullivan, Christopher Stewart.  How Identity May Inform Challenges to Medical Student Engagement with Intprofessional Education. AAMC Western Group on Educational Affairs.  May4-7, 2013, Irvine, Ca.

8.   Jenny K. Cohen, Risa Flynn, Robert Boylan, Jeffrey D. Klausner. Acceptability of Fingerprint Scanning for Personal Identification Among Patients Seeking HIV/STI-related services, Los Angeles, 2011. 7th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence.  June 3-5, 2012, Miami Beach, Florida.

9.   Jenny Cohen, Van Vuong, Eloy Romero, Kevin Phung, Thomas Blair. Overcoming language barriers in health care for Vietnamese-speaking elders: results of the CLIP card pilot.  7th Annual Family and Community Medicine Colloquium Dedicated to Jonathan (Jack) Rodnick, MD, San Francisco, Ca.

10.   Sona R. Saha, Melissa Kew, Jenny K. Cohen, Jeffrey H. Burack. Impact of Socio-demographic and Contextual Factors on Low CD4 Lymphocyte Count at First Presentation for HIV Care. Fourth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, July 22-25, 2007, Sydney, Australia.

11.   Sona R. Saha, Lauren Sanders, Jenny K. Cohen, Jeffrey H. Burack.Social Networks Based Rapid HIV Testing and Linkage to Care. Seventeenth International AIDS Conference, August 3-8, 2008, Mexico City, Mexico.

12.   Sona R. Saha, Lauren Sanders, Jenny K. Cohen, Jeffrey H. Burack. Reaching High Risk Populations Patient Social Networks to Promote Rapid HIV Testing and Linkage to Care. 2008 National Summit on HIV Diagnosis, Prevention, and Access to Care, November 19-21, 2008, Arlington, VA.

13.   Cohen, J. Consequence of apolipoprotein E/amyloid peptide interaction in amyloid proteopathy.  CHORI Symposium Poster Presentation, 26 May 2006, Oakland, Ca.

14.   Cohen, J.  Functional consequence of apolipoprotein E/amyloid peptide interaction in Alzheimer's disease amyloid proteopathy. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 3 April 2006, San Francisco, Ca.