Stuart Cohen, M.D.

Stuart H. Cohen, M.D.


Infectious Diseases

Internal Medicine

Surgery - Transplant


Internal Medicine


  • Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control
  • Professor


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Clinic Phone: 916-734-2737
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Philosophy of Care

I chose my specialty because I had an interest in microbiology. Most of the new and challenging syndromes are connected with infectious diseases. Humor and compassion are the methods I use in my practice. I try to personalize patient care to the needs of each patient. In my view, appropriate immunizations and the patient's educational knowledge about his or her condition are most important for good health. In addition, at UC Davis, we have a vital facility that generates new knowledge and the specialists necessary to handle the most complex cases.

Clinical Interests

Stuart H. Cohen specializes in clinical infectious diseases and infection control in the hospital environment. He is interested in AIDS, HIV infection and treatment of immunocompromised patients and serves as primary infectious diseases consultant to transplant programs. Cohen uses molecular biology to investigate epidemiology of resistant microorganisms. His laboratory-based studies look at susceptibility testing of HIV clinical isolates to multiple antiretroviral agents. Additional research focuses on new antimicrobial agents and chemokine and cytokine level changes.


Infectious Diseases

Center/Program Affiliation

Transplant Center
UC Davis Medical Group


M.D., Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Illinois, 1978

B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 1974


Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1978-1981


Infectious Diseases, UC Davis Medical Center Sacramento, California, 1981-1983

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1981

American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, 1984

Professional Memberships

American Federation for Clinical Research

American Society for Virology

Association of Specialty Professors - Counselor

Greater Sacramento Epidemiology Association

HIV Medicine Association

Infectious Diseases Society of America

Northern California Infectious Diseases Society

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

Select Recent Publications

Gupta MP, Coombs P, Prockop SE, Hasan AA, Doubrovina E, O'Reilly RJ, Cohen SH, Park SS, Kiss S.  Treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis with cytomegalovirus-specific T-lymphocyte infusion. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2015;46:80-2.

Eldridge M, Cohen SH. Cutaneous manifestations of infection in returning travelers. Curr Infect Dis Rep 2014:16:426-429.

Safdar N, Anderson DJ, Braun BI, Carling P, Cohen S, Donskey C, Drees M, Harris A, Henderson DK, Huang SS, Juthani-Mehta M, Lautenbach E, Linkin DR, Meddings J, Miller LG, Milstone A, Morgan D, Sengupta S, Varman M, Yokoe D, Zerr DM.  The evolving landscape of healthcare-associated infections: Recent advances in prevention and a road map for research. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014;35:480-493.

Brown J, Nguyen HH, Cohen SH. A Pain in the Neck: Thyroid Abscess. Am J Med. 2013 Oct 29. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2013.09.036. [Epub ahead of print]

Rabe IB, Schwartz BS, Farnon EC, Josephson SA, Webber AB, Roberts JP, de Mattos AM, Gallay BJ, van Slyck S, Messenger SL, Yen CJ, Bloch EM, Drew CP, Fischer M, Glaser CA; WNV Transplant Investigation Team (includes Stuart Cohen). Fatal transplant-associated West Nile Virus encephalitis and public health investigation-California, 2010. Transplantation. 2013;96:463-8.

Lee L, Cohen SH. Community-Acquired Clostridium difficile Infection: An Emerging Problem. Curr Emerg Hosp Med Rep (2013) 1:149 -153.

Tehrani DM, Russell D, Brown J, Boynton-Delahanty K, Quan K, Gibbs L, Braddock G, Zaroda T, Koopman M, Thompson D, Nichols A, Cui E, Liu C, Cohen S, Rubin Z, Pegues D, Torriani F, Datta R, Huang SS. Discord among performance measures for central line-associated bloodstream infection. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2013;34:176-183.

Goldenholz DM, Mehra N, Dahlin B, Cohen SH, Wheelock VL. Teaching Neuroimages: Fungus in the brain: Coccidioidomycosis meningoencephalitis. Neurology 2013;80:e82.

Thompson GR, Sharma S, Bays DJ, Pruitt R, Engelthaler DM, Bowers J, Driebe EM, Davis M, Libke R, Cohen SH, Pappagianis D. Coccidioidomycosis: ADA levels, serologic parameters, culture results, and PCR testing in pleural fluid. Chest 2013;143:776-781.

Gyorke CE, Wang S, Leslie JL, Cohen SH, Solnick JV, Polage CR. Evaluation of Clostridium difficile fecal load and limit of detection during a prospective comparison of two molecular tests, the illumigene C. difficile and Xpert C. difficile/Epi tests. J Clin Microbiol 2013;51:278-280.

Browne SK, Zaman R, Sampaio EP, Jutivorakool K, Rosen LB, Ding L, Pancholi MJ, Yang LM, Priel DL, Uzel G, Freeman AF, Hayes CE, Baxter R, Cohen SH, Holland SM. Anti-CD20 (rituximab) therapy for anti-IFN-γ autoantibody-associated nontuberculous mycobacterial infection. Blood 2012:119;3933-3939.