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About Dr. David Cohen

Dr. Cohen has a determination to make the city of San Antonio, Texas, the best it can be. His vast experience, variety of skills, and plans to improve the community are just a few of the things he can bring to the San Antonio City Council.

Cohen, a cardiothoracic surgeon, engineer and educator has commanded the Texas Medical Brigade for 3 ½ years.  The Texas State Guard Medical Brigade is responsible for medical response to natural and man-made disasters striking Texas, and it supports the domestic operations of the Texas Army and Air National Guard.

Cohen is a candidate for San Antonio City Council, District 9.  He has previously served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center, Thoracic Surgery Consultant to the Army Surgeon General, and he has deployed to Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In the State Guard, he has professionalized the Medical Brigade and developed small responsive medical specialty teams modeled after the Forward Surgical Teams that he served on in Iraq.

Dr. David Cohen

San Antonio City Council Candidate Awarded Texas Superior Service Medal

Austin TX-March 11, 2017 - Brigadier General David J. Cohen, Commander of the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade was awarded the Texas Superior Service Medal during a change of command and retirement ceremony at Camp Mabry, Austin, TX.  The Texas Superior Service Medal is the highest decoration, other than for valor, awarded by the Texas Military Forces.

David J Cohen, M.D.

Background for Involvement in Public Service

• Douglas MacArthur High School, San Antonio.
• Rice University – BA (Biochemistry).
• Washington University, St. Louis – MD.
• UTSA – BS (Mechanical Engineering).
• Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government –  Masters of Public Administration.

• Heart, Lung, and Vascular Surgeon
• Trauma Surgeon in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom
• Former Head of Army's only Heart Transplant Program
• Former Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center
• Former Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Audie Murphy VA Hospital
• Former President of Alamo Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, P.A.
• Currently practices Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine with Wound Healing Associates, San Antonio, TX

• Former Green Beret, Paratrooper, Military Diver, Flight Surgeon
• Deployed to War three times
• Experience as Senior Clinical Consultant, Army Directorate for Combat Doctrine Development
• Former Thoracic Surgery Consultant to the Surgeon General of the United States Army
• Retired as a Colonel from United States Army, 31 May 2006
• Brigadier General in the Texas State Guard and Commander of the Texas Medical Brigade

• Former faculty member at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
• Head of the Army's premier training program for cardiothoracic surgeons
• Author of numerous scientific and professional publications

• Graduate of UTSA College of Engineering (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1999)
• Research in Bioengineering

Public Policy
• Graduate of Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (M.P.A., 2003)
• Regional Chairman, John McCain Healthcare Professionals Advisory Committee, 2008

 Community Service
• Boy Scouts of America: Assistant Scoutmaster, Member of National Health and Safety Committee, Member of Southern Region Executive Board
• Deputy Chief Medical Officer for External Affairs – 2010 BSA National Jamboree
• Chief of External Hospital Interface – 2013 BSA National Jamboree
• Former member, South Texas Organ Bank Board of Directors
• UTSA Engineering Advisory Council
• Chair, Bexar County Medical Society Emergency Preparedness Committee
• Member Texas Medical Association

Dr. Cohen Performing Surgery

Family Man
• Devoted husband to Deborah Cohen, father of five sons, one grandson.

Goals: I have spent my professional life in public service as a military officer, physician, engineer, and educator. I would like to continue to serve my local community through continued public service activity. I think that my background in the military, healthcare, state disaster planning with the Texas State Guard, and involvement with our local universities gives me a unique insight into problems and solutions faced by San Antonio as it continues to grow and become one of the largest and most diverse cities in the United States. I believe that I would bring a broad and unique perspective to the San Antonio City Council, which would serve the people of our city.

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