Los Angeles Sinus Surgeon - Dr. Alen Cohen
Alen N. Cohen, M.D., F.A.C.S., a board-certified ENT/Head & Neck Surgeon, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is founder and director of the Southern California Sinus Institute. Dr. Cohen is among a select group of surgeons in the country who focus on the medical and surgical management of nasal and sinus disorders and has special expertise in minimally invasive surgical options to treat patients with these problems. Dr. Cohen’s passion for minimally invasive surgery has not only deemed him an expert in Minimally Invasive Image Guided Sinus Surgery (MIGSS)™ and Balloon Sinuplasty™ but also has named him Director of the Minimally Invasive Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Program at West Hills Medical Center, the only program of its kind in the San Fernando Valley and Thousand Oaks regions.
Dr. Cohen obtained his B. S. in Neuroscience after graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA and was awarded acceptance to the prestigious David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, a top 10 school. He gained his M. D. degree after four years with honors and a thesis in Head and Neck Surgery and subsequently was recruited to pursue a Head and Neck Surgical Residency at UCLA Medical Center, a top 5 program in the country. While at UCLA Medical Center he completed 2 years of general surgical training and 4 years of specialized ENT/head and neck surgical training. During his training at UCLA, he rotated to Harbor General County Hospital, Olive View Medical Center, Wadsworth Veteran’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA). He completed his residency with a one-year Chief Residency in Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA Medical Center, where he emphasized in minimally invasive techniques for the surgical management of nasal and sinus disorders, thyroid and parathyroid diseases and head and neck tumors.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He also maintains a full membership in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and the American Rhinologic Society (ARS) .
Dr. Cohen has extensively published in the field and is one of a select number of surgeons in the country who is at the forefront of his field. He continues to maintain a professorship at UCLA where he is actively engaged in teaching surgical residents and medical students. He is also part of the volunteer faculty at USC where he teaches medical students the medicine and art of Head and Neck Surgery.
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, Attending Surgeon, Director “Minimally Invasive Thyroid/Parathyroid Surgery Program”
Providence Tarzana Hospital, Attending Surgeon
Motion Picture Hospital, Attending Surgeon
West Hills Surgery Center, Attending Surgeon, Director “Southern California Sinus Institute”
Avanguard Surgery Center, Attending Surgeon, Director “Southern California Sinus Institute”
UCLA Medical Center
Chief Resident, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Emphasis: Minimally invasive techniques for surgical treatment of nasal & sinus disorders, thyroid & parathyroid diseases (video-assisted and non-video assisted), head and neck tumors, and snoring and sleep apnea treatement.
UCLA Medical Center
Resident, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
UCLA Medical Center
Internship and Resident, General Surgery
David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California at Los Angeles
Doctor of Medicine
Thesis: Head and Neck Surgery
University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
AWARDS & HONORS
2009-2011 America’s Top Surgeons, Head and Neck Surgery (Consumer Research Council of America)
2008-2011 Patient’s Choice Award, Rated 4 stars (Vitals.com)
2006 Combined Middle and Western Sections of the Triological Society Meeting. San Diego, CA, February 2-5, 2006. Resident Travel Award for Poster Presentation.
2001 Paul H. Ward, M.D. Society: “Outstanding Research Presentation in the Field of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery by a Resident”
2001 UCLA School of Medicine Thesis Award (Head and Neck Surgery)
2000-2001 Sherman Mellinkoff, M.D. Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence
2000 Stafford Warren, M.D. Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence
1998-2001 Joan Risse Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Financial Need
1997 Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Honors
1996–1997 Willam Homan Scholarship for Academic Excellence
1993–1997 College of Letters and Science Dean’s Honor Roll (Eight Quarters)
1994 Golden Key National Honors
1993 J.O. Downing Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Fellow, American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Board-Certified
Member, American Rhinologic Society
Member, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Member, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
2005-2006 Head and Neck Cancer Research Laboratory, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Primary Investigator: Marilene Wang, M.D., Professor
Resident Research Scientist
Proposal: “Curcumin as an Adjuvant in the Treatment of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma.”
1999-2001 Laryngeal Physiology Laboratory, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Primary Investigator: Gerald S. Berke, M.D., Professor and Chief
Short-Term Training Program (STTP)/Research Elective
1. Characterization of acute and chronic allograft rejection following orthotopic
laryngeal transplantation in a canine model.
2. Anatomic description of recurrent laryngeal nerve branching patterns among
1998 Laboratory of Systems Neuroscience, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Bethesda, MD.
Primary Investigator: Charles Gerfen, Ph.D., Chief
Summer Research Fellow
Incorporation of subtractive hybridization for identification of D1 receptor
supersensitivity in a Parkinsonian rat model.
1995–1996 Brain Research Institute, Department of Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine.
Primary Investigator: Susan Harkema, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
NIH funded project: “Neuromuscular plasticity and recovery after spinalization.”
Independent Research Project: “Speed-related Contractile Properties of the Tibialis
Anterior Muscle in Chronic Spinal Cord Injured Subjects.”
1994–1995 Department of Surgical Oncology, UCLA School of Medicine.
Primary Investigator: Romaine E. Saxton, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor
Exploration of various targeted delivery vectors in use with alternative
chemotherapeutic and laser-guided strategies for treatment of malignant tumors in an
1. Cohen A. Fen-phen and Valvular Heart Disease. Nutrition Bytes. 1998; 4(3). http://www.medsch.ucla.edu/som/ddo/biolchem/nut-1998/ByteV4N3/v4n3cohe.html
2. Paiva MB, Saxton RE, Blackwell K, Buecher P, Cohen A, Calcaterra TC, Ward PH, Castro DJ. Combined Cisplatinum and Laser Thermal Therapy for Palliation of Recurrent Head and Neck Tumors. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy. 2000; 6: 133-140.
3. Huang RY, Damrose EJ, Blackwell KE, Cohen AN, Calcaterra TC. Extranasopharyngeal Angiofibromas. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2000; 54(1): 1-5.
4. Cohen AN, Damrose EJ, Huang RY, Nelson SD, Blackwell KE, Calcaterra TC. Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Submandibular Gland: A 35 Year Review. Otolarygol Head Neck Surg. 2004;131(6):994-1000.
5. Maria M. LoTempio, Mysore S. Veena, Helen L. Steele, Bharathi Ramamurthy, Tirunelveli S. Ramalingam, Alen N. Cohen, Rita Chakrabarti, Eri S. Srivatsan, Marilene B. Wang. Curcumin Suppresses Growth Of Head And Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Clinical Cancer Research. 2005;11(19):6994-7002.
6. Cohen AN, Wang MB. Mini-Trephination as an Adjunctive Measure in the Endoscopic Management of Complex Frontal Sinus Disease. American J of Rhinology. 2007;21:629-636.
7. Strocker AM, Cohen AN, Wang MB. The Safety of Outpatient UPPP for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Retrospective Review of 40 Cases. Ear Nose Throat J. 2008;87(8):466-468.
8. Cohen AN, Veena MS, Srivatsan ES, Wang MB. Suppression of Interleukin 6 and 8 production in head and neck cancer cells with curcumin via inhibition Ikappa beta kinase. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009;135(2):190-197.
1. Paiva MB, Udewitz M, Saxton RE, Cohen A, Flores MC, Williams C, Castro DJ. Intratumor Cisplatin/Epinephrine Injectable Gel for Palliation of Head and Neck Cancer. American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Bulletin. April 1999; 35.
2. Paiva MB, Graeber IP, Castro DJ, Cohen A, Suh M, Saxton RE. Improved Nd:YAG Laser Induced Thermal Therapy of Human Squamous Cell Carcinoma Using Cisplatin in a Gel Implant. Proceedings of the 90th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. 1999; 40: 588.
LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS
1. Laser and Cisplatin for Palliation of Advanced and Recurrent Head and Neck Tumors: Preliminary Results of a Phase II Trial. Poster presentation at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the Western Section of The Triological Society, Denver, CO, January 13, 1999.
2. Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Submandibular Gland: A 35 Year Review. Oral presentation at the 28th Annual Meeting of The Western Student Medical Research Forum (WSMRF), Carmel, CA, February 12, 2000. 4
3. The Anterior and Posterior Divisions of the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve: Implications for Laryngeal Transplantation. Poster presentation at the National Meeting of The Triological Society, Orlando, FL, May 17, 2000.
4. Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Submandibular Gland: A 35 Year Review. Oral presentation at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Paul H. Ward, M.D. Society, Los Angeles, CA, June 10, 2000.
5. Grading Acute Laryngeal Allograft Rejection with a Discussion of Chronic Rejection in the Canine. Oral presentation at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Paul H. Ward, M.D. Society, Los Angeles, CA, June 10, 2000.
First place, “Outstanding Research Presentation in the Field of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery by a Resident”
6. Grading Acute Laryngeal Allograft Rejection with a Discussion of Chronic Rejection in the Canine. Oral presentation at the Annual Award Meeting of the Medical Student Thesis Program – UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, June 13, 2001.
7. Use of Lasers in Skin Resurfacing. Oral presentation at the Divison of Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, May 11, 2005.
8. The Basics of Allergic Rhinitis, Immunology and Immunotherapy. Oral presentation at the Division of Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, November 16, 2005.
9. Mini-Trephination as an Adjunctive Measure in the Endoscopic Management of Complex Frontal Sinus Disease. Poster presentation at the Combined Middle and Western Sections of the Triological Society Meeting. San Diego, CA, February 2-5, 2006.
Resident Travel Award
10. Curcumin Suppresses IL-6 and IL-8 Production in Head and Neck Cancer Cell Lines via Inhibition of IkB Kinase (IKK). Poster presentation at the American Head and Neck Society International Meeting. Chicago, Il, August 17-20, 2006.
11. Evaluation and Management of the Patient with a Neck Mass. Oral presentation at West Hills Medical Center Grand Rounds. October 19, 2007.
12. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Oral presentation at West Hills Medical Center Grand Rounds. October 26, 2007.
13. New Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Thyroid and Parathyroid Disorders. Oral presentation at West Hills Medical Center Grand Rounds. October 31, 2008.
14. Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): A Small Problem with Big Consequences. Oral presentation at West Hills Medical Center Grand Rounds. February 20, 2009.
15. Chronic Rhinosinusitis: What is it and How and When to Treat It. Oral presentation at West Hills Medical Center Grand Rounds. December 14, 2009.
2007 – PRESENT Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA – Instruct residents in the clinic as well as in the operating room on the proper management of patients with various head and neck disorders. Instruct medical students in regards to head and neck anatomy as well as proper evaluation of otolaryngology patients including history taking and physical examination.
2005 Resident Instructor – Instruct 3rd year medical students on Head and Neck anatomy, history taking and proper clinical examination.
2000-2001 Doctoring 4 Instructor – Advised 3rd year medical students on the approach to various
clinical situations encountered in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
1996 Teaching Assistant, UCLA, Upper Division Animal Physiology Course.