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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen

Neurology
New York, NY
35 years experience male

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen

New York, NY

Address

10 Union Square East, Suite 5D, New York, NY
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2128446119

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Director, Adult Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, Beth Israel Medical Center

Specialties
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Neurology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

92 Answers
49 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Root or nerve pain: Is there also any neck pain? Has there been any injury to that side of the body? Other than that, it sounds that the pain is radiating down the arm ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Sometimes: Depends upon the severity. Make sure diagnosis is confirmed, often by emg. Try wearing wrist splints- important that they fit correctly (not too tig... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Get to safe place: In some respects, you are fortunate to get such a warning. You should get to a safe place, and let someone know. If your doctor has given you a medic... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Maybe: Depakote may affect the liver in some patients. Md may monitor your liver enzymes as a guide. Certain formulations of Depakote may affect the stomac... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Probably not: There is often an identifiable cause: stroke, brain tumor, brain abscess, encephalitis, genetics, cortical dysplasia (abnormally developed cells), or ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Yes: Tough question. A good medicine would be one that stopped the seizures, was easy to take, did not make you feel sick, and didn't alter any other body ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Yes: Alcohol may lower seizure threshold. Withdrawal from alcohol after significant drinking may lead to a seizure. Alcohol may interact with anti seizur... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Many times: While some go into long term remission, many others require a procedure. The microvascular decompression is the most effective treatment for tn. Up... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes, during a particularly violent seizure, such as a convulsion, a person can fracture part of the bony part of the spine, the vertebrae. This... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Yes: The goal is to obtain as good a study as posssible. One way to help that is to wash your hair. This allows better application of electrodes. Normal ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Yes: Some seizures are quite subtle and you may not be aware that you are having them. One possible manifestation might be memory loss. However, there ma... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Several: Medications (oxcarbazepine, carbamazepine, gabapentin, pregabalin, eslicarbazepine). Others have tried biofeedback, acupuncture, botox, and chiroprac... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately. While usually seen in older adults, tn can occur at any age, even children. There is a role for compression of the trigeminal nerve, ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Yes and No: I would consider the development of anxiety about getting facial pain and the frequent development of depression and social isolation to be important ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
No clear winner: Some are more broad spectrum than others. This category includes: valproate, levetiracetam, zonisamide, lamotrigine, and topiramate. Some of this is... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Probably not: Tegretol reduces tn pain in about 70% of patients. It is possible it doesn't work. Make sure the diagnosis is correct. It is rare that tegretol wou... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Multiple: The symptoms depend upon the location of the seizure within the brain. These may include- unusual tastes/odors; rising sensation from the stomach; ot... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Sometimes: If untreated, it may become very severe and people may become very depressed. Best to treat earlier and opt for not only medical pain relief, but als... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Many reasons: There are many mimics of epilepsy. Other examples of episodic neurological dysfunction include tia, migraine, or non-epileptic seizures. While MRI a... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Yes: Seizures may be altered by medical or surgical treatment. Sometimes they may change due to genetic factors (some underlying conditions improve or wor... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
No: Young people with tn, especially bilateral tn, should be evaluated for ms. However, recognition of tn is increasing, and finding tn in young adults, ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Uncontrolled sz: Those with uncontrolled partial epilepsy should be evaluated for resective epilepsy. If not a candidate, those with uncontrolled seizures may consider... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Severe Facial Pain: Sharp, shooting, electrical attacks of pain usually on one side of the face, that is intermittent. There are variants. Often responds to anti-seizur... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Like other CNS meds: Some of the dose related side effects of Lamotrigine include: sedation, depression, gait imbalance, double vision, as well as nausea (and there are ot... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Not the case.: For the most part, auras are a type of seizure. They represent a type of partial seizure; a seizure that comes from one area of the brain. People wi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Not really: Epilepsy is not "caused" by bright lights. However, individual seizures may be brought out by a strobe light (or flickering lights in the environment... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Not epileptic: A non-epileptic seizure (nes) is a behavior that may resemble an epileptic seizure but is not caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Ma... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Multiple: Tn pain is neuropathic pain. Best response rate has been reported with Oxcarbazepine and carbamazepine. Faily high response rates have been reported... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Lapse of awareness: Usually under 90 second episodes of loss of awareness, with automatic behaviors (picking at clothes, smacking lips, fumbling with objects). Person may... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Abnormal electricity: An epileptic seizure is an abnormal electrical discharge of the brain. It usually causes abnormal behavioral change; less commonly there may be no o... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Short lapse of time: Usually in kids; brief episode of eye flutter with loss of awareness. Usually lasts seconds but may be longer. Associated with typical eeg pattern (... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Depends: Upon which one(s), how many, and what dose. Benzodiazepines or barbiturates are the hardest. In general this should be done slowly. Also do this wi... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Yes: Lamictal is an fda approved drug for the treatment of seizures. It is effective against a variety of seizure types. However, neither Lamictal nor an... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Clinical Diagnosis: By an expert, based on the patient's history and description of pain. There are several types of tn; most typical is sharp, shooting, electrical stab... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Yes: This may be true. Some frontal lobe seizures may be diagnosed by video alone (when typical), even when the eeg does not show typical changes consiste... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Several: Microvascular decompression is most effective. It is the only procedure that preserves the trigeminal nerve. Other destructive procedures (effective ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
1 month: In reality, it depends upon the situation. Is the person taking Lamotrigine as mono or poly (add-on) therapy. Some people respond to low doses (50 -... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Yes: The first eeg is normal 50% of the time in someone with epilepsy. Three routine eegs result in a 90% sensitivity (finding abnormality consistent with... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Possibly: It would depend upon a number of factors: are his seizures well controlled? Is he having side effects from his anti-seizure medication? What is the... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Brief jerks: These are brief, jerks that can affect arms, legs and the torso. They can be unilateral or bilateral. They are associated with a characterstic chang... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Yes: In general, there are no known interactions between these two medications.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Start somewhere 1st: Epileptic seizures that start on one side of the brain. Represents excessive abnormal electrical activity. May take different forms depending upon w... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Close follow up: Take as prescribed. Take lowest effective dose. Do not make changes without consulting md. Have blood work when suggested. If medication prescribe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Find cause: Mri may reveal structural cause for seizures. Eeg may show seizures or spikes (electrical abnormalities highly associated with the clinical occurrenc... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Several: Drugs with best success rates: Carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine. Next level: gabapentin, pregabalin. Another effective drug: baclofen. Further down ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Depends: Epilepsy surgery is an excellent option for those with uncontrolled (two different medication trials) partial epilepsy coming from a single area of th... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Checks drug in blood: Helps make sure there isn't too little or too much drug in blood. Note, levels are only guidelines- ultimately seizure control or side effects determ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Tests brain activity: A noninvasive, painless exam where electrodes are placed on scalp and electrical activity is recorded via computer. Patient usually sits in a chair, ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Full body convulsion: Involves both arms/legs with loss of consciousness. Tonic phase is stiffness; clonic phase involves jerking of arms/legs. Associated with tongue bit... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Brain Function: This test is usually performed as part of the workup for epilepsy surgery. It identifies location of language and which side(s) of the brain support ... Read More

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Nov 9, 2013
Dr. Cohen is a conscientious and devoted doctor who has extensive experience in the treatment of epilepsy and trigeminal neuralgia.
Apr 25, 2014
I recommend Dr Cohen a specialist in Neurology
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Cohen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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somewhat helpful Are they seizures? Is it will power or unconscious? Am I overreacting to an event or is it something beyond control
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Thanks for your quick reply! Taking tegretol with this medication, hopefully the decrease is good
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This saved my life. Thank You! This is the only answer here that makes sense. Thank you.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Awards

Top Neurologist , Second Place, New York - Summer
2013
Top Neurologist, Second Place, the Manhattan Region - Spring
2017
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Academy of Neurology
American Epilepsy Society
American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
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