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10/08/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/08/2017 12:07

Pediatric hematologist/oncologist joins Sacred Heart, University of Florida Health

Posted: 10/8/2017

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PENSACOLA, Fla. - Pediatric hematologist/oncologist Dr. Debra Cohen has joined the faculty of the University of Florida College of Medicine, which is affiliated with The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart. Beginning in October, Cohen will practice full-time on Sacred Heart's Ninth Avenue campus in Pensacola.

Cohen is fellowship trained and board certified in pediatric hematology/oncology. She graduated with dual bachelor's degrees in business and psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and she received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in pediatrics and fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where she received Northwestern University's Residency Teaching Award. She received further fellowship training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Cohen comes to Pensacola having served as director of the pediatric sickle cell program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, where she has received numerous awards for patient experience and satisfaction. She has also been an assistant professor of hematology/oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Cohen has managed more than $3.5 million in grants to study sickle cell disease, and she has presented her research at numerous professional conferences. Cohen is a member of the Children's Oncology Group, the American Society of Hematology, the American Balint Society and the Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research.

Sacred Heart's affiliation with University of Florida Health was launched earlier this year to provide an expanded range of specialized pediatric care. The University of Florida College of Medicine has hired 11 pediatric specialists since January, and Sacred Heart Medical Group has hired five specialists since April.

UF Health is recognized among the nation's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in six pediatric medical specialties. In addition to pediatric specialty care, Sacred Heart and UF Health have collaborated to launch a new kidney transplant program to benefit the thousands of individuals across the Southeast awaiting a lifesaving transplant. Sacred Heart's pediatric and OB/GYN physician residency programs are also affiliated with the UF College of Medicine.

The expansion of pediatric specialty services coincides with the start of construction at Sacred Heart of a new four-story children's hospital. The hospital will be connected to the front of the existing children's hospital and will include a pediatric emergency room and trauma center, new procedure rooms dedicated to pediatric surgery, an expanded neonatal intensive care unit, a pediatric oncology unit, a medical/surgical unit, observation beds and a pediatric rehabilitation gym.

The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart is a 117-bed facility that serves as the only children's hospital in Northwest Florida. The Children's Hospital offers a wide range of services to meet all of a child's medical needs, from a pediatric emergency room and neonatal intensive care unit to a medical staff of more than 120 board-certified physicians across 28 pediatric specialties. The Children's Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to children, regardless of their parents' ability to pay. Sacred Heart Health System is a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health system. For more information about the services available at The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart, visit