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After graduating from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (New York), Dr. Mitch Cohen completed a pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD).  He then spent 3 years in the Public Health Service, mostly on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona, before going to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a fellow in Pediatric Gastroenterology in 1983. 

He joined the faculty there in 1986 and rose through the ranks to become Professor of Pediatrics; he subsequently served as Division Director in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Vice Chair of Pediatrics for Clinical Affairs at Cincinnati Children’s.  In 2014, he was appointed Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Physician in Chief of Children’s of Alabama.    He has held a number of other professional and community leadership positions, including President of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) and President of Wise Temple (Cincinnati, OH). 

Mitch is married to Morissa Ladinsky, MD, and has three adult children and two step children.

Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
I had the privilege of participating in the 2016 Class of Leadership Birmingham with JLB Past President, Lauren Roberts.   With her involvement, the answer was easy.  Knowing Lauren had allowed me to see the great work done by JLB.  I did not realize JLB played such an important role in social justice in our community. Since I may not be the stereotypical face of the Junior League, perhaps I can open the eyes of others who would not expect me to be championing the work of JLB.  In addition, my cousin Robin Grace, has been very active in Steps to End Domestic Violence (formerly Women Helping Battered Women), an organization in Burlington, VT.  If she lived here, she would be a true beacon for One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center.  I am happy to be her alternate.

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
My wife, Morissa Ladinsky (Cohen) is the real Light of our family.  Yes, I admire her, for her skills as a clinician and teacher.  But beyond that, she also inspires me because she has embraced the issues of social justice in our community with energy, commitment and courage.  While she may seem to have many causes, in fact her only cause is to ensure that those whose voice is small or unheard, are affirmed and treated with respect and equality.

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