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8/13/15news article

dynamic duo now lead the medical affairs office

Robert Cohn, MD, MBA, named associate chief medical officer

Sometimes a wonderful synergy is created when two people team up. Their impact is magnified, creating a whole that becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Think Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak or John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Those pairings created something that would change the future of their fields. That is just what Dayton Children’s hopes to do by creating a new role in the medical affairs office.

Robert Cohn, MD, MBA, medical director of pulmonary medicine, will also now serve as the associate vice president for medical affairs (associate chief medical officer). Dr. Cohn will assist Adam Mezoff, MD, CPE, AGAF, chief medical officer, with duties crucial to the success of Dayton Children’s on the Destination 2020 journey to provide world-class care close to home.

“Dr. Cohn will serve as the voice of the providers on the professional staff, unifying goals into a shared vision and strategy,” says Dr. Mezoff. “Using market data analysis, customer feedback and health care trends, he will help guide implementation of the hospital’s mission, improving processes with quality initiatives. He will be a key component in the physician-led, professionally-managed cornerstone of the hospital.”

Dr. Cohn will assist Dr. Mezoff in the overall operations and management of medical programs and activities including medical education, quality improvement program, quality resource management (QRM), and the Joint Commission process. He will also provide input and leadership in the organization’s clinical research program.

“My colleagues have a true dedication to serving the children in our area and want nothing more than to provide the best care in the best way,” says Dr. Cohn. “My goal in this role is to give them the tools they need to succeed in that mission and remove the barriers in their path.”

Dr. Cohn recently made national headlines with his study on the connection between asthma and peanut allergies. His research indicated that children with asthma might benefit from a test for peanut sensitivity, especially when control of wheezing and coughing is difficult to achieve. Many of the respiratory symptoms of peanut allergy can mirror those of an asthma attack, and vice versa. Dr. Cohn completed that research at Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo.

Dr. Cohn received his medical degree from Boston University’s School of Medicine and completed an internship, residency and fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Case Western University Hospital in Cleveland. Dr. Cohn is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric pulmonary medicine and serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Asthma and the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. He also holds a master’s of business administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

For more information, contact:
Stacy Porter
Communications specialist
Phone: 937-641-3666
newsroom@childrensdayton.org