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Randolph Cohen MD, FACOG
Specialties: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Board Certified: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Languages: English, Spanish
Medical School/Degree: New York Medical College
Hospital Affiliations: Orange Regional Medical Center, Catskill Regional Medical Center, St. Anthony's Community Hospital, Crystal Run Ambulatory Surgery Center of Middletown, LLC
Prior Experience: Women's Personal Care, Middletown, NY
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecology, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Internship: Obstetrics & Gynecology, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate: Columbia University
General women’s health
Year Joined: 2002
What made you want to become a health care provider or what is your earliest memory of wanting to be one?
For all of my childhood into my late adolescence, my family physician was an old time general practitioner who did every facet of medicine. His office was in the apartment that he and his wife lived in in the Bronx. The waiting room was his foyer. Even as young children, we knew that the living room adjacent to the foyer was off limits. My doctor and his wife were childless but we were his children. He not only brought me into the world, but was the surgeon that did my tonsillectomy, gave me my annual immunizations, made a house call to my home in Queens when I had the measles, and fixed all those bumps and bruises that little boys get. When he retired, I really felt that my health care security blanket had been taken from me. It was at this time that I decided to pursue a medical career.
What do you love most about your specialty? / Why did you choose your specialty?
Bringing a baby into the world is probably one of life's happiest events. Being able to share this with a young family and making it a safe and happy journey for both the new mother and her baby is one of the most important jobs a physician can do.
How do you connect with your patients?
Being a physician for almost 30 years, I often connect with my patients by talking about our respective families. Just as I have delivered their babies and followed their progress, I keep my patients updated as to how my own daughters are doing. I almost feel like every annual exam is like a reunion where my patient and I get to share what has transpired over the preceding year.
What are your interests outside of the office (hobbies, activities)?
I like to do yard work and putter around the house just like most normal suburban homeowners do. I am an avid Yankee fan and usually attend a dozen games a year. The main priority in my life is my wife and children. I enjoy traveling.
What is your advice for your patients?
Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle but we all have some vices that we succumb to. Try to keep these to a minimum. Although we can't prevent all disease, I strongly advocate doing those screening tests that aid in early detection of diseases that can be managed and cured.