Alwyn T Cohall, MD

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Dr. Alwyn Cohall is a Professor of Public Health and Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center and the Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Cohall's main areas of research interest include adolescent health; sexual and reproductive health; access to healthcare, particularly for young men of color; using media/technology to enhance health communication/health promotion; and, integrating trauma-informed care into clinical practice. In addition to his research interests, Dr. Cohall is board-certified in both pediatrics and adolescent medicine and has a private practice in adolescent health.

Dr. Cohall serves as the director of the Harlem Health Promotion Center which is devoted to reducing health disparities in the Harlem community. He is also the director of Project Stay (Services to Assist Youth), which is a New York State Department of Health funded program that provides confidential health services to young people affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS. Further, he is the medical director of the NYC CDC STD Prevention Training Center which focuses on enhancing the skills of primary care providers to manage patients with sexually-transmitted diseases. Additionally, in his role as Co-Principal Investigator at the New York Presbyterian site, he is involved with an NIH funded research project called “Link2Care” which designed to improve screening for STIs/HIV and substance use and subsequent linkages to health care services for Justice Involved Youth at high-risk for HIV.

Dr. Cohall is Co-Director of the Washington Heights/Inwood Youth Opportunity HUB – a program funded by the NYC District Attorney’s office to reduce youth involvement in the justice system. Finally, he is also Co-Director of BeWell, a health and wellness initiative for youth attending an afterschool academic enrichment and youth development program at 5 New York Public Library sites

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • AIDS
  • Male Health
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
  • Stress Management

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at CUMC
  • Professor of Population and Family Health at CUMC
  • Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Harlem Health Promotion Center
  • Director, Project STAY (Services To Assist Youth)

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Male

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601 West 113th Street
New York, NY 10025
51 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

Insurance Accepted


  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care


  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management


  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford HMO
  • Oxford Liberty
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • New Jersey Services (Medicaid Managed Care)

World Trade Center Health Plan

  • World Trade Center Health Plan

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • BA, 1976 Wesleyan University
  • Internship: Montefiore Hospital
  • Residency: Montefiore Hospital
  • Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center

Committees, Societies, Councils

American Academy of Pediatrics

Society for Adolescent Health in Medicine

American Public Health Association

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics
  • Adolescent Medicine

Honors & Awards

1989 American Medical Association (AMA) Distinguished Service Award on behalf of America's Youth

1991 New York Magazine, named "One of the Outstanding Physicians in New York City"

1996 New York Urban League "Building Brick" Award for service to youth in New York City

2001 New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Health Achievement Award

2003 New York Civil Liberties Union

2005 American Academy of Pediatrics - Founders of Adolescent Health Award for Community Leadership

2005 HIV Leadership Award -

2006 Family Planning Advocates of New York State - The Shirley Gordon Public Policy Leadership Award

2011 Public Health Association of New York City (PHANYC) - Allan Rosenfield Award for Social Justice

2015 New York State Department of Health, Outstanding Achievement Award for Service to HIV (+) Youth

America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor


Research Interests

  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Community Health
  • Incarceration Prevention
  • LGBT health
  • Maternal and Reproductive Health
  • Urban Health

Selected Publications

15. Cohall A*, Cohall RM, Ellis JA, Vaughan R, Northridge ME, Watkins-Bryant G, Butcher J. More than heights and weights: What parents of Harlem adolescents want from health care providers. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2004;34(3).

20. Cohall A*, Cohall R, Dye B, Vaughn R. Overheard in the halls: What adolescents are saying and what teachers are hearing about health. Journal of School Health. 2007;77(7):344-350

16. Cohall A*, Cohall R, Dye B, Dini S, Vaughan R. Parents of urban adolescents in Harlem, New York and the internet: A cross-sectional survey on preferred resources for health information. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2004;6(4):1-8.

15. Cohall A*, Cohall RM, Ellis JA, Vaughan R, Northridge ME, Watkins-Bryant G, Butcher J. More than heights and weights: What parents of Harlem adolescents want from health care providers. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2004;34(3).

5. Hunter J, Cohall A, Mallon G, Moyer MB, Riddel JP. Health Care Delivery and Public Health Related to LGBT Youth and Young Adults In: Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Public Health. A Practitioner's Guide to Health. Michael Shankle (editor).Haworth Press; New York, NY: 2006.

6. Cohall A*, Nshom M, Nye A. One chip at a time: Youth development and technology. In: Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews, E-Health. 2007;18 (2): 415-424

14. Armstrong, B., Cohall, A.T., and Cohall R.M. The Health of Young Men of Color. Social Work Practice with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations. Alex Gitterman (Ed). 3rd Edition. (2013). New York: Columbia University Press. (In Press).

12. Armstrong B, Cohall A. Health Promotion with Adolescent and Young Adult Males: An Empowerment Approach. In: Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews, Adolescent Health Promotion. 2011:544-580

30. Cohall AT, Nye A, Moon-Howard J, Kukafka R, Dye B, Vaughan RD, Northridge M. Computer Use, Internet Access, and Online Searching for Health Information among Harlem Adults. American Journal of Health Promotion. Am J Health Promot. 2011 May-Jun;25(5):325-33

33. Neu N, Nelson J, Ranson E, Whittier S, Shaw A, Cohall A. Urine and Extragenital Gonococcal and Chlamydia Infections in HIV Positive Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM): Enhanced Detection of Rectal Chlamydia when Screening with Nucleic Acid Amplified Tests versus Cultures. Journal of Mens Health. 2012;9:89-93

Urban Health Activities

Project STAY: 1.Provision of community health education, venue-based STI/HIV screening for high-risk youth, with a particular focus on youth in the justice system, and LGBT youth 2. Provision of comprehensive medical and psychosocial services to HIV-infected youth 3.Provision of PEP and PrEP to high-risk youth 4. Developing innovative media communication to enhance health promotion for high-risk youth