After graduating from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Cohen completed pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and then spent 3 years in the Public Health Service before going to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a fellow in Gastroenterology in 1983.  He joined the faculty there in 1986 and subsequently served as Fellowship Director, Division Director in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Vice Chair of Pediatrics for Clinical Affairs.  In 2014, he was appointed Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Physician in Chief of Children’s of Alabama.    He has held a number of professional leadership positions, including President of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) and chair of the Section of Growth, Development and Nutrition of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Section on Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and of the Executive Committee of the Alabama Chapter of the AAP.  He chairs the US News and World Report Working Group on GI and GI Surgery and is on the Education and New Chairs Committees of the Association of Medical School Department Chairs (AMSPDC).  His research focused on E. coli diarrhea and vaccines for diarrheal disease and he led the first NIH Digestive Disease Research Center awarded to study pediatric digestive diseases.  He also led an NIH supported T32 Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology and has mentored over 47 individuals who are now established faculty members throughout the United States and abroad.  He is a member of the Association of American Physicians, the American Pediatric Society and he received the 2013 Shwachman Award from NASPGHAN.  Mitch is married to Morissa Ladinsky, MD, and has three adult children and two step children.

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