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Dr. Paul Cohen

Family Medicine
Smithtown, NY
29 years experience

Locations

Office

Smithtown, NY

Address

75 landing meadow road, Smithtown, NY
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About

Bio

Dr. Paul Cohen, D.O., DABFM, FAAFP is Board Certified in Family Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine; with a special interest in patients with developmental disabilities. He has been called an 'expert' in his field by his peers; and his patients. Dr. Cohen is also actively involved in graduate medical education. He is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine at the Stony Brook School of Medicine; and also serves as a Community Preceptor at the Hofstra-North Shore/Long Island Jewish School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen has also received 2 prestigious HealthTap awards; he is the 2011 Top Family Physician in NY as well as the recipient of the 2011 Most Compassionate Doctor in NY.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Family Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

392 Answers
960 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Water on the brain..: Hydrocephalus is literally "water on the brain". There are vairous classifications based upon how it arrived(congenital or acquired); how the spinal ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Depends...: If by 'cfs' you mean chronic fatigue syndrome then it depends on how motivated you are to be 'cured'. You have to eat right, drink plenty of water; a... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Not usually.: T.O.S. Usually has neurologic implications(numbness, tingling, decrease in the range of motion of the extremity). Sounds like you are describing some... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Alternative...: From an alternative health care perspective; yes. Ask your physician before you start any new medication; to see if it is right for you. You may nee... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Hmmm....: This is usually used to induce vomiting in cases of accidental/overingestions of medications to purge the stomach. It may have an benefit with parasi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Depends...: The "no" treatment option (for whatever ails you) is your choice; no one can make it for you. But i would advise you to gather all the facts regardin... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Imaging...: A 'ct' scan is a very sophisticated imaging procedure designed at taking detailed pictures of one's bodies; to help the doctors better pinpont the cau... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Hmmm...: Only very, very slight differences; exposures are pretty much the same among the races. If your immune system cannot fight off the 'exposure' then yo... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Hydrate...: Please have your child consume as much fluids as possible; and call your pediatrician! to discuss this with him/her...Your child may need an I.V. Depe... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Hmmm.: Difficult to comment without examining you; could be anything from atypical TMJ to an infected lymph node or muscle strain...Get with your primary car... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Not "rare": Unfortunately your description is not that uncommon. I would say that no one wants to perform surgery on any child; unless absolutely necessary. If ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Hmmm?: Without examining the area it is difficult to comment; except to say that without knowing what she has you should put nothing on it! you may be doing ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Unknown...: What this means is you should return to the doctor for a thorough examination and re-evaluation. You may have nerve irritation which needs to be diag... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Short circuits...: The answers to your post are too numerous for 400 characters; the underlying cause of epilepsy is basically a short circuit in one's brain. There are... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
There could be: Certain bladder dieases can "refer" pain to the abdomen in general and should be further investigated appropriately.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Everyone: Everyone is potentially at risk for glaucoma. People with diabetes, who are african american, have had an eye injury, an advanced cataract, or some f... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
No: Short stature in and of itself is not associated with kidney problems in general.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Eating right: Eating right is a great start! reporting any changes in our vision to our primary care physicians is another step in maintain healthy eyes.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Brace yourself...: A body jacket is a rigid brace used to protect your spine by immoblizing it. It is custom fit for the individual; usually by an experienced orthopedi... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Everyone: All of us are at risk for refractive errors; by family history, environment, workplace, and other health issues.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Hopefully none...: The most feared side effect from what you posted is rejection! hopefully with the proper medical regimen this will not occur; then one has to conside... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Fairly...: There are about 68-70, 000 new cases of bladder cancer each year; and the most common type is transitional cell(from the inner lining of the bladder).
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Circumstance: Secondary sjogren's syndrome is caused by something else that the body reacts to causing the disease. Primary sjogren's just occurs; most likely from... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
The branding...: These 2 compounds are basically similar; and some even come in the same formulation/powder; so you can make shakes from it to enhance your workouts. ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Opportunists: Hiv leads to a 'compromised' immune system; which can lead to a trichomoniasis infection.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Potentially: If the 'fungus' is untreated; and the person is indeed immunocompromised then potentially yes; rare, but it occurs.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Blepharitis: Blepharitis, (a common disorder where the eyelids themselves become irritated) can be treated with warm compresses and supportive care. The viral f... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Yes. Regular exercise will benefit the body as a whole; leading to a healthier heart and kidneys.
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Infection: Bacteria are all around us; and overgrowths can most commonly lead to infections.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Fairly: These things are more common than you would think; but easily treatable.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Eye exam: Most cases of macular edema (or swelling) can be detected by a simple ophthalmoscopic examination.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
12-14 weeks: Although an ultrasound can detect fetal (the baby) movement as early as 7 weeks; most pregnant patients typically report the baby moving around 12-14 ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Possibly...: Best to let your doctor answer this question; this may be the cause, or your may suffer from degenerative cervical disc disease. A visit to your prim... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Muscle ups...: Typically, tremors are usually treated by a neurologist; or managed with medications...And sometimes even the medications themselves are the cause of ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Parenting is one of the toughest jobs out there! from my perspective being firm, and setting boundaries of acceptable behavior is of paramount import... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Diligently..: Returning to the work place after being "off" with your newborn can be stressful. The best way to accomplish this is to make a list of what you need ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Warm and fuzzy???: Heat as a therapeutic tool has been benificial for soft tissue injuries; as to whether the 'brand' of garment you are discussing will do the trick dep... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Stable: These are exactly what their name implies; motions that promote a stable leg; and this is important especially after hip/joint replacement as part of ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Ask your P.T.: Wobble(or balance) are great tools for stability training; but best to ask your physical therapist if you should be using one.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Well trained!: Ocs(orthopedic clinical specialist) means that the p.T. Has achieved a higher level of training; and has a certain level of expertise above and beyond... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Stretch: One of my favorite treatments for sciatica(as i tell all my affected patients) is as follows: lay on your bed on your tummy; and position the affecte... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Hmmm?: I'm sure it is possible; but you need to discuss this with not only your primary care doc; but also the transplant team as well to iron out the nuance... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
FUO: Possibly an entity named 'fever of unknown origin'; but this usually requires fevers continually for 6 weeks. A missed abscess may present in this wa... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Hmmm?: This can be from a simple muscle spasm to something as complex as spinal stenosis; please have your doctor examine you!
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Possibly...: This might lead to a better result; delivering the medication with more precision than before. However 'football knees' are problematic unless they a... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Conception: Technically; as soon as conception occurs one's body will begin changing on every level. Some women can even tell the moment of conception; believe i... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Fluids...: Consuming cranberry juices; and drinking plenty of fluids are good ways to keep your urinary tract sterile and moving forward.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
GI: Yes...You need a more thorough work-up; start with your primary care physician...And you'll probably need a gastroenterology evaluation.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Malalignment: Well from each point of view(and they each have a distinct one) a chiropractor can treat spinal malalignments; thus relieving muscular 'knots' by prom... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Nature of the beast.: One's bones are not used to direct contact; which is why the procedure is so painful. Ask the physician performing the procedure for more information... Read More

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Dec 24, 2011
Great clinician - excellent insight on patient questions - provides clear, concise and appropriate explanations in easy to understand terms !!! A hard combination to find..... we all strive for.......Read More
Nov 6, 2011
Paul is one of the most loyal and enthusiastic supporters of Interactive Health on hT. A long-time Founding Medical Expert, he continues to be active as a regular contributor to the site.
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Cohen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
but when i went to a doctor i told them i was feeling mild itching still and she calmy said its maybe an bacterial infection. but never gave me meds. just std test for ghoner and clymidia and aids im ...Read More
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I dont understand your reaction. The internet is ok to talk about this and I saw a talk show on this topic that sparked this question so I dont kno what u met by saying see a DR and all that crap. I...Read More
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This is VERY helpful. I've been to an ENT who ordered a CT of head which was "unremarkable" and then he basically gave up on me. Symptoms are debilitating - interfere with my functioning. Symptoms are...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
Graduated 1993MD

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor
HealthTap Scholar
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