Dr. Paul Cohen

Family Medicine
Smithtown, NY
30 years experience

Locations

Office

Smithtown, NY

Address

75 landing meadow road, Smithtown, NY
Directions

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
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: I am sorry to hear the circumstances behind this question; and support group(s) can be an integral part of a comprehensive treatment plan; both suppor... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
No.: Your roommate sounds 'complex' and should not be replacing med a with med b; unless directed by a physician! have your roomie check in with his/her d... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
All Bad...: There are no upsides to heroin use/abuse! whatever effects you are experiencing(and they are varied depending upon the individual and include euphori... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
See the doctor....: Headaches are sometimes very, very annoying...Especially when the "cure-all" one is used to take to alleviate the problem stops working. Unfortunatel... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Need more info...: Your symptoms could be 'urinary bladder' related' or possibly from your kidney on that side. If you are female it may stem from one of the ovaries...... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Maybe...: I haven't heard of any surgical option for depression (of any kind) but i might have missed that one. As far as Parkinson's disease there are advance... Read More
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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
B vitamins: Neuropathy can be very painful but b vitamins can be beneficial in alleviating the pain. You may want to see a neurologist to get further help as far... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Hmm....: Honestly; there may be 'supplements' out there that are supposed to "promote thyroid health" but in my opinion if you have a low thyroid you should ha... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Weight loss: The answer to both your queries is weight loss; men with abdominal girth who lose weight can gain 1 inch in overall length; as well as increase their ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Hmmm...: Best answer is to tell the tester that you are taking "alli"(i think that is the correct spelling) before you get the test. Honesty is the best polic... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Depends...: Anything from a simple, benign cyst to a more complex one. Your doctor can tell you which; and prescribe adequate follow ups to make sure there is no... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Hormonal Imbalance?: You should visit with your physician and ask him for a "hormonal" work-up; or discuss this with your gyn.
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Maybe...: There is a potential connection here; best to see your doctor and make sure that your osgood schlatter's disease has not recurred.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Discuss with doctor.: Campral is one of the latest agents in the battle against alcoholism/abuse; and can be effective if used correctly. Please discuss this with your phy... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Tummy to tummy: Baby slings have been getting a lot of negative press over the past few years because they have been linked to a number of unfortunate deaths; to the ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Unknown?: As far as i know there have been no definitive studies on this subject in this country. There have been some studies done on this in england(and you ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Depends...: Any surgical procedure can lead to scarring; the severity is mostly dependent upon the technical skill of the surgeon performing the procedure.
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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).
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Potentially: If the 'fungus' is untreated; and the person is indeed immunocompromised then potentially yes; rare, but it occurs.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Opportunists: Hiv leads to a 'compromised' immune system; which can lead to a trichomoniasis infection.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Fairly: These things are more common than you would think; but easily treatable.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Infection: Bacteria are all around us; and overgrowths can most commonly lead to infections.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
No: Short stature in and of itself is not associated with kidney problems in general.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Eye exam: Most cases of macular edema (or swelling) can be detected by a simple ophthalmoscopic examination.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
There could be: Certain bladder dieases can "refer" pain to the abdomen in general and should be further investigated appropriately.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Everyone: All of us are at risk for refractive errors; by family history, environment, workplace, and other health issues.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Yes. Regular exercise will benefit the body as a whole; leading to a healthier heart and kidneys.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Gyn exam!: Regular visits to the gyn; and regular pap smears/pelvic exams are used to catch these things early. Treatments are usually local procedures(cone bio... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Ask the expert...: Each patient's therapy is completely individualized so it is difficult to comment on this; best to ask the physical therapist for the best course of t... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Where your knots are: Muscle strength; or lack thereof, will tell your massage therapist where you need "work". He/she can pinpoint where the 'kinks' are; and prescribe an... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Depends...: Workers 'rights' depend upon the policies of their employers i would say.
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
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
HealthTap member
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
HealthTap member
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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