George Cohen was born and raised in Washington, DC and attended public school there. He attended both University of Chicago (on scholarship) and Union College (Navy V-12); with no undergraduate degree he entered George Washington School of Medicine and graduated in 1950.
After a Navy rotating internship, he began residency at Children's Hospital of DC, but after 1 year he was called back to active duty in the Navy. With his new bride, Lenore, George went to Philadelphia for a 4 month training program in psychiatry at the Naval Hospital there. Next assignment was Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune NC where his main responsibility was evaluating Marines with mental and adjustment problems. Those with pre-existing disorders were triaged for discharge from the Marines while those with more serious mental illness were referred for therapy. There he had the opportunity to work with a few children with behavior problems with supervision by the chief of psychiatry, and occasionally was called on to help in the pediatric/nursery department.
Returning to DC, George completed his residency and then opened a solo private practice in Silver Spring, MD. As a member of Children's Hospital active staff, he served as ward medical officer for 1 or 2 months each year. He was also the pediatrician for the hospital's lead poisoning/pica clinic for 17 years until it was absorbed into the general pediatric clinic because of the sharp decrease in the number of affected children. At that time he became the leader of one of the resident continuity clinics.
After 20 emotionally rewarding years of solo practice George was recruited to the full time faculty of the hospital and became medical director of the general pediatric clinic, and ultimately was promoted to Professor of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine at George Washington University. In 1995 he retired from the hospital, but as a Clinical Professor he still attends in the clinic one or two mornings each month as a volunteer.
Throughout his career(s) George has enjoyed numerous other activities. In the 1960's he tutored children moving into the county's recently desegregated school system. With other tutors he helped develop a volunteer program of primary health care for the county's low income/no income population. In its 36 years of service "Mobile Medical Care" has grown from one clinic evening per week in a local church to 5 days and evenings weekly in almost 20 sites including 3 outfitted vans and George continues to serve as a volunteer clinician a morning each week.
Academy activities have also been stimulating and rewarding for George who has been a chapter chairman, district alternate chairman, national nominating committee member, COPACFH member, expert panel member for Bright Futures and Academy representative on the National Consortium for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
In 1974 George joined a small group of American physicians, hired to help ?westernize? a new hospital in Jakarta Indonesia. While working there, he treated TB meningitis, tetanus and typhoid fever, as well as more mundane illnesses. In 1980, he volunteered for a month in a 24 bed hospital on the Navajo reservation where he delivered babies, set fractures, sutured lacerations, treated infants with sepsis and adults with diabetes and UTI. A month in 1981 as a volunteer attending in the hospital of Ben Gurion University in the Negev was another stimulating and educational experience.
Outside of medicine, George and Lenore derive great pleasure from time spent with their 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. They enjoy walking, bridge, concerts, adult education programs, travel and synagogue activities. In addition, George plays chamber music (flute) and tennis, sings in a choir and volunteers with local Head Start, Healthy Families and Mental Health Association, and generally enjoys being retired.