Akron Children’s Hospital names Dr. Bruce H. Cohen director of pediatric neurology

Akron Children’s names director of pediatric neurology

Dr. Bruce H. Cohen


World-renowned Bruce H. Cohen, MD, has joined Akron Children’s Hospital as the director of Pediatric Neurology. He succeeds Margaret McBride, MD, who will remain active in her clinical, teaching and research activities.

Dr. Cohen comes to Akron Children’s from the Cleveland Clinic, where he served as the chief of Pediatric Neurology, with joint appointments in the Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Center, Neurosurgery and the department of Pediatrics.

After earning his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, Dr. Cohen completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He then completed a pediatric neurology fellowship at the Neurological Institute of New York and Babies Hospital Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, as well as a pediatric neuro-oncology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Cohen has earned an international reputation for his work in childhood brain tumors and mitochondrial diseases.

Mitochondria, which are present in every cell of the body except red blood cells, are responsible for creating more than 90 percent of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth.

The failure of mitochondria can cause children to lose motor control, suffer from pain and weakness, have gastro-intestinal problems, swallowing difficulties, heart problems, liver disease, diabetes, developmental delays and other complications. Mitochondrial disease affects an estimated 1 in 2,000 people.

Dr. Cohen serves on the board of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, and is active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society, in which he serves as a media spokesperson.

In his role at Akron Children’s, Dr. Cohen will partner with neurosurgeon Roger Hudgins, MD, and developmental-behavioral pediatrician John Duby, MD, in the clinical leadership of the Akron Children’s Hospital NeuroDevelopmental Science Center.

This center brings together a wide range of pediatric specialists, including developmental-behavioral pediatricians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro psychologist, psychologists and physiatrists, to care for children with ADHD, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, epilepsy, Fragile X, head injuries, muscular dystrophy, neonatal follow-up, and spina bifida.

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