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David B. Cohen, MD, FAAOS


Connecticut Orthopaedics


Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Arthritis, Arthroscopic Surgery, Elbow Surgery, Hip and Knee Surgery, Knee Surgery, Ligament Disorders, Rotator Cuff Tear, Shoulder Dislocation, Shoulder Replacement, Shoulder Surgery, Sports Injuries, Tendon Disorders, Upper Extremity Surgery

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David B. Cohen M.D. is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who is fellowship trained in shoulder, knee, elbow and ankle surgery, arthroscopy, and the management of sports related injuries.

Graduating Cum Laude from Dartmouth College, Dr. Cohen attended the Dartmouth-Brown Combined medical program where he graduated in the top ten percent of his class. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery at Cornell University Medical Center, the number one ranked orthopaedic program in the United States (U.S. News and World Report). He then studied as a traveling fellow under internationally recognized surgeon Professor Christian Gerber in Zurich, Switzerland where he gained experience in the management of complex shoulder problems.

Following his residency, he was selected for a Fellowship in Sports Medicine, Shoulder, and Knee Reconstruction at the Hospital for Special Surgery. There, he learned the most advanced techniques in non-surgical and minimally invasive surgical management of knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle disorders, as well as sports-related injuries.

Dr. Cohen has successfully treated numerous world-class professional athletes including players from the New York Giants and the New York Mets. He is a Clinical Instructor and Attending Physician at Yale New Haven Hospital where he teaches and trains Yale orthopaedic residents, and is a Clinical Associate Professor at Quinnipiac University where he lectures regularly on sports injuries.

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine has recognized Dr. Cohen with the Excellence in Research Award for his work on rotator cuff injuries (awarded for the year's best Sports Medicine paper.) His research is widely published and has been presented at national and international meetings. His findings have influenced the way rotator cuff injuries are managed today.

Dr. Cohen is the Head Team Physician Quinnipiac University, the Yale Men's Rugby Team, and the Amity Regional High School Football Team. He is the former Head Team Physician for The New Haven County Cutters professional baseball team and has been the assistant team physician for The New York Power women's professional soccer team. Dr. Cohen is a former Dartmouth College Men's Alpine Ski Team member.

Dr. Cohen is the author of multiple peer-reviewed, published research articles and book chapters on knee and shoulder pathology. His research has examined healing after rotator cuff surgery, anterior cruciate ligament graft placement, cartilage repair in the knee, and arthroscopic labral repair in the athlete's shoulder. He has been a member of the faculty at professional education courses, and has lectured extensively at Yale-New Haven Hospital, The Hospital For Special Surgery, and Quinnipiac University. He is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. Cohen's surgical bc_specialties include the all-arthroscopic management of rotator-cuff tears, shoulder dislocations, and labral tears of the shoulder; total shoulder replacement for arthritis; knee arthroscopy for meniscal tears, ACL ruptures, patella dislocations, and cartilage injuries; total knee replacement for arthritis; treatment of ligament and tendon disorders of the elbow and ankle. Whenever appropriate, Dr. Cohen is a strong proponent of non-surgical management and rehabilitation of these injuries.

Dr. Cohen is also recognized as one of Connecticut's Top Doc's in this month's Connecticut Magazine.


Medical School

  • Brown University School of Medicine MD


  • New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center


  • Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Balgrist University Hospital, Shoulder Surgery
  • Hospital for Special Surgery, Sports Medicine/Shoulder and Knee Reconstruction

Professional Organizations

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Diplomate
National Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomate
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow

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