Deb Cohan, MD, MPH

Associate Professor (Professor in 2013), Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF

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Deb Cohan

Professional Interests:
Deborah Cohan is Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at University of California, San Francisco. She is medical director of Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center (BAPAC) and provides preconception, prenatal and gynecologic care for HIV-infected women and HIV-uninfected women in serodiscordant relationships. She is also the Associate Director of the National HIV Perinatal Hotline and Clinician’s Network and Associate Director of the UCSF Fellowship in Reproductive Infectious Diseases. Dr. Cohan is a member of the DHHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents and her research interests include prenatal HIV testing strategies, the use of combined antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy and lactation in the resource-limited setting, prevention of placental malaria among HIV-infected pregnant women, and diagnostic strategies for latent tuberculosis infection in pregnancy.


Current Main Activities:
Medical Director, Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center
Clinical Director, National Perinatal HIV Hotline and Clinicians Network
Associate Director, UCSF Fellowship in Reproductive Infectious Diseases


Education and Training:
UC Berkeley, Masters in Public Health, 2002 UCSF, Fellowship in Reproductive Infectious Diseases, 2000-20002 UCSF, Residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology, 1996-2000 Harvard University, MD, 1996 Amherst College, BA, 1990



1. Matthews LT, Smit JA, Cu-Uvin S, Cohan D. Antiretrovirals and safer conception for HIV-serodiscordant couples. Curr Opin HIV AIDS. 2012 Nov;7(6):569-78. doi: 10.1097/COH.0b013e328358bac9. PMID: 23032734

2. Sun M, Peipert JF, Zhao Q, Wilson TE, Weber KM, Sanchez-Keeland L, DSouza G, Young M, Watts DH, Keller MJ, Cohan D, Massad LS.Trends in contraceptive use among women with human immunodeficiency virus. Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Oct;120(4):783-90. PMID: 22996095

3. Mmeje O, Cohen CR, Cohan D. Evaluating safer conception options for HIV-serodiscordant couples (HIV-infected female/HIV-uninfected male): a closer look at vaginal insemination. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2012;2012:587651. doi: 10.1155/2012/587651. Epub 2012 Aug 8. Review. PMID: 22927714

4. Aaron E, Cohan D. Preexposure prophylaxis for the prevention of HIV transmission to women. AIDS. 2013 Jan 2;27(1):F1-5. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0b013e32835917b4. PMID: 22914582

5. Young S, Murray K, Mwesigwa J, Natureeba P, Osterbauer B, Achan J, Arinaitwe E, Clark T, Ades V, Plenty A, Charlebois E, Ruel T, Kamya M, Havlir D, Cohan D. Maternal nutritional status predicts adverse birth outcomes among HIV-infected Rural Ugandan women receiving combination antiretroviral therapy. PLoS One. 2012;7(8):e41934. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0041934. Epub 2012 Aug 7. PMID: 22879899

6. Young SL, Mbuya MN, Chantry CJ, Geubbels EP, Israel-Ballard K, Cohan D, Vosti SA, Latham MC. Current knowledge and future research on infant feeding in the context of HIV: basic, clinical, behavioral, and programmatic perspectives. Adv Nutr. 2011 May;2(3):225-43. doi: 10.3945/an.110.000224. Epub 2011 Apr 30. Review. PMID: 22332055

7. Shah M, Aziz N, Leva N, Cohan D. Group B Streptococcus colonization by HIV status in pregnant women: prevalence and risk factors. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Nov;20(11):1737-41. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2011.2888. Epub 2011 Oct 19. PMID: 22011210

8. Cohan D, Weber S, Goldschmidt R. Safer conception options for HIV-serodiscordant couples. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Jan;206(1):e21; author reply e21-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2011.08.014. Epub 2011 Aug 22. PMID: 21974991

9. Rubin LH, Cook JA, Grey DD, Weber K, Wells C, Golub ET, Wright RL, Schwartz RM, Goparaju L, Cohan D, Wilson ML, Maki PM. Perinatal depressive symptoms in HIV-infected versus HIV-uninfected women: a prospective study from preconception to postpartum. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Sep;20(9):1287-95. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2010.2485. Epub 2011 Jul 6. PMID: 21732738

10. Linas BS, Minkoff H, Cohen MH, Karim R, Cohan D, Wright RL, Young M, Watts DH, Golub ET. Relative time to pregnancy among HIV-infected and uninfected women in the Women's Interagency HIV Study, 2002-2009. AIDS. 2011 Mar 13;25(5):707-11. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0b013e3283445811. Erratum in: AIDS. 2011 Aug 24;25(13):1681. PMID: 21297418

11. Babik JM, Cohan D, Monto A, Hartigan-O'Connor DJ, McCune JM The human fetal immune response to hepatitis C virus exposure in utero. J Infect Dis. 2011 Jan 15;203(2):196-206. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiq044. PMID: 21288819

12. Livingston EG, Huo Y, Patel K, Brogly SB, Tuomala R, Scott GB, Bardeguez A, Stek A, Read JS; International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group Protocol 1025 Study Team. Mode of delivery and infant respiratory morbidity among infants born to HIV-1-infected women. Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Aug;116(2 Pt 1):335-43. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181e8f38a. PMID: 20664394

13. Fogler J, Cohan D, Weber S, Goldschmidt RH. Delivery options for prevention of perinatal HIV transmission. Am Fam Physician. 2009 Dec 15;80(12):1356. PMID: 20000297

14. Newman PM, Wanzira H, Tumwine G, Arinaitwe E, Waldman S, Achan J, Havlir D, Rosenthal PJ, Dorsey G, Clark TD, Cohan D. Placental malaria among HIV-infected and uninfected women receiving anti-folates in a high transmission area of Uganda. Malar J. 2009 Nov 14;8:254. doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-8-254. PMID: 19912657

15. Cohan D, Gomez E, Greenberg M, Washington S, Charlebois ED.Patient perspectives with abbreviated versus standard pre-test HIV counseling in the prenatal setting: a randomized-controlled, non-inferiority trial. PLoS One. 2009;4(4):e5166. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0005166. Epub 2009 Apr 15. PMID: 19367335

16. Cohan D, Sarnquist C, Gomez E, Feakins C, Maldonado Y, Zetola N.Increased uptake of HIV testing with the integration of nurse-initiated HIV testing into routine prenatal care. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2008 Dec 15;49(5):571-3. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e31818d5e11. PMID: 19202463

17. Cohan D, Gomez E, Dowling T, Zetola N, Kaplan B, Klausner JD. HIV testing attitudes and practices among clinicians in the era of updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2009 Jan 1;50(1):114-6. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e31818d5f86. PMID: 19092452

18. Rahangdale L, Cohan D. Rapid human immunodeficiency virus testing on labor and delivery. Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Jul;112(1):159-63. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e31817d4557. PMID: 18591321

19. Rahangdale L, Sarnquist C, Maldonado Y, Cohan D. Patient acceptance of and satisfaction with rapid HIV Testing in a Labor and Delivery Setting. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2008 Apr;17(3):465-71. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2007.0545. PMID: 18373491

20. Rahangdale L, Sarnquist C, Feakins C, Nassos P, Haller B, Cohan D. Rapid HIV testing on labor and delivery: lessons from the field. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2007 Nov 1;46(3):376-8. PMID: 18090304

21. Pai NP, Tulsky JP, Cohan D, Colford JM Jr, Reingold AL.Rapid point-of-care HIV testing in pregnant women: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Trop Med Int Health. 2007 Feb;12(2):162-73. Review. PMID: 17300622