Russell D. Cohen, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Russell D. Cohen, MD

Professor of Medicine Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Co-Director, Advanced IBD Fellowship Program

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Russell Cohen, MD, is a renowned gastroenterologist with clinical expertise in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Under his leadership, a multidisciplinary team of specialists in gastroenterology, surgery, pathology and radiology provide comprehensive care for patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Cohen is an active researcher. He has served as the principal investigator on several long-term studies designed to test the efficacy and safety of both oral and intravenous drugs in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Cohen serves as associate editor and ad-hoc reviewer for numerous medical journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine and The American Journal of Gastroenterology. He has published more than 30 scientific articles, 50 abstracts and 10 book chapters. He also is the editor of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Diagnosis and Therapeutics, which is now in its second edition as a leading textbook in this field.

A dedicated educator and mentor, Dr. Cohen teaches medical students, residents and fellows about endoscopes and the pharmacology of gastroenterological drugs. In addition, he is frequently invited to deliver lectures at grand rounds and at national and international conferences on the diagnosis and management of IBD.

Dr. Cohen has been named one of the "Best Doctors in America" by Best Doctors, Inc. for more than 10 consecutive years and is consistently named one of Chicago's "Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. 

Dr. Cohen was featured on Investigating the Implications of COVID-19 on IBDan episode of the ReachMD podcast.

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Gastroenterology

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Medical Association
  • Chicago Society for Gastroenterology
  • Gastroenterology Research Group
  • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation

Practicing Since

  • 1993

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Internship

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Residency

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Fellowship

  • University of Chicago Medicine

News & Research

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  • Aetna PPO
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  • BCBS PPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • PHCS PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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The Next Wave of IBD Treatments

In this online educational webinar, Dr. Russell Cohen presents the latest breakthrough treatments for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Supported by AbbVie and the GI Research Foundation.

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