• 579 Citations
1983 …2020

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Dr. Robert Cohen is Professor of Medicine and Director of Occupational Lung Disease.Dr. Cohen has practiced clinical pulmonary medicine for more than 30 years and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and has been a Certified NIOSH B-Reader since 1998. Dr. Cohen has a broad background in public health, occupational lung disease and has been an investigator in the area of respiratory disease in populations of occupationally exposed workers.

Dr. Cohen has served as a consultant to several agencies of the United States government in areas of mining related health issues. He has active projects studying imaging, physiology, and pathology of pneumoconiosis including silicosis and coal workers pneumoconiosis. He has also led projects studying injury and illness in mining populations. He is the principal investigator on the Black Lung Clinic and Center of Excellence funded by the the Health Resources and Services Administration. He has worked extensively on international projects in Ukraine, Colombia, and Australia.

Dr. Cohen's clinical focus is on the evaluation and treatment of patients with lung disease related to work place or environmental exposures including pneumoconiosis, asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, occupational COPD, and interstitial fibrosis related to dust.

Certifications and Licenses

Pulmonary Disease
Critical Care Medicine
Internal Medicine

Training Experience

1983Internship, Cook County Hospital, Chicago
1985Residency, Cook County Hospital, Chicago
1988Fellowship, Cook County Hospital, Chicago

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

… → 1981

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Effects of commodity on the risk of emphysema in South African miners

Mabila, S. L., Almberg, K. S., Friedman, L., Cohen, R. A., Ndlovu, N., Vorajee, N. & Murray, J., Apr 1 2020, In : International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. 93, 3, p. 315-323 9 p.

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  • Patterns of progressive massive fibrosis on modern coal miner chest radiographs

    Halldin, C. N., Blackley, D. J., Markle, T., Cohen, R. A. & Laney, A. S., Apr 2 2020, In : Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health. 75, 3, p. 152-158 7 p.

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  • Injuries associated with long working hours among employees in the US mining industry: Risk factors and adverse outcomes

    Friedman, L. S., Almberg, K. S. & Cohen, R. A., Jun 1 2019, In : Occupational and environmental medicine. 76, 6, p. 389-395 7 p.

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    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health B Reader Certification Program-An Update Report (1987 to 2018) and Future Directions

    Halldin, C. N., Hale, J. M., Weissman, D. N., Attfield, M. D., Parker, J. E., Petsonk, E. L., Cohen, R. A., Markle, T., Blackley, D. J., Wolfe, A. L., Tallaksen, R. J. & Laney, A. S., Dec 1 2019, In : Journal of occupational and environmental medicine. 61, 12, p. 1045-1051 7 p.

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  • High exposure mining occupations are associated with obstructive lung disease, National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 2006-2015

    Mabila, S. L., Almberg, K. S., Friedman, L. & Cohen, R. A., Sep 1 2018, In : American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 61, 9, p. 715-724 10 p.

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