Professor Richard Cohen

Colorectal surgeon in London

MD FRCS

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Professor Richard Cohen is a leading colorectal and general surgeon based in London, practising at the Cleveland Clinic Colorectal Unit. He is an expert on open and minimally-invasive laparoscopic colorectal surgery, colorectal cancer, and irritable bowel disease (IBD). Currently, Professor Cohen serves as a clinical professor of surgery, consultant surgeon, and honorary senior lecturer at University College London (UCL). He is renowned as a pioneer of introducing new techniques in the United Kingdom. 

After receiving his medical qualification from Cambridge with distinction in 1987, Professor Cohen continued his training as a surgery registrar in Northwest England, and later as a senior registrar at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital surgical training programme. Whilst undergoing his training, Professor Cohen also accomplished to carry out research at Yale University, USA, for his Master's thesis.

Professor Cohen joined UCL in 2005, where he has since helped to develop the colorectal service. Here and within his private practices, Professor Cohen maintains his expertise in open and minimally invasive colorectal surgery. Beyond his advanced surgery techniques, he focuses on colorectal cancer, benign colorectal disease, and management of ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and IBD. He is a leading example for his practice fellows and other surgeons in his field.

Following his expertise in such subject, Professor Cohen continues to do research on topics of interest. These include pelvic floor disorders (incontinence and constipation), Crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer in Ashkenasi Jews. Research has persisted to be a passion of his, and subsequently he has had many papers published in peer-reviewed journals. Professor Cohen extends his involvement in colorectal surgery by also training young surgeons and lecturing nationally and internationally.

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24/06/2024

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17/06/2024

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Professor Cohen and his team at the Cleveland, deserve high praise. As a somewhat nervous and reluctant patient, they made me at ease. I have no hesitation in recommending Professor Cohen. From my perspective, there’s no looking back.

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29/05/2024

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I’ve been under Profs care for almost 5 years, and my quality of life has been significantly improved by him during this time,. Profs expertise, bedside manner and clarity of communication always leave me feeling well informed, and safe. Thank you!

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05/03/2024

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Excellent doctor. Calm, reassuring and gives straightforward explanations. Prof. Cohen performed a fistulotomy which is healing up nicely thus far. Was treated at the Cleveland Clinic; anaesthetists, nurses, MRI technicians, receptionists are all very good as well. Thanks again!


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