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Stuart H. Cohen, M.D. View profile as PDF

Stuart H. Cohen

Philosophy of Care

I chose my specialty because I had an interest in microbiology. Most of the new and challenging syndromes are connected with infectious diseases. Humor and compassion are the methods I use in my practice. I try to personalize patient care to the needs of each patient. In my view, appropriate immunizations and the patient's educational knowledge about his or her condition are most important for good health. In addition, at UC Davis, we have a vital facility that generates new knowledge and the specialists necessary to handle the most complex cases.

Clinical Interests

Stuart H. Cohen specializes in clinical infectious diseases and infection control in the hospital environment. He is interested in AIDS, HIV infection and treatment of immunocompromised patients and serves as primary infectious diseases consultant to transplant programs. Cohen uses molecular biology to investigate epidemiology of resistant microorganisms. His laboratory-based studies look at susceptibility testing of HIV clinical isolates to multiple antiretroviral agents. Additional research focuses on new antimicrobial agents and chemokine and cytokine level changes.


Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control


Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Surgery - Transplant


Internal Medicine


Infectious Diseases


Transplant Center

Center/Program Affiliation:


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Infectious Diseases Clinic
4860 Y St., Suite 0101
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-2737

UC Davis Medical Center
Cypress Building, Transplant Surgery
2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite B
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-2111

Additional Phone:

Clinic Phone: 916-734-2737
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Illinois, 1978
B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 1974


University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1981


University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 1983

Board Certifications:

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1981
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, 1984

Professional Memberships:

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American College of Physicians
American Federation for Clinical Research
American Society for Microbiology
Association for Practitioners of Infection Control
Greater Sacramento Epidemiology Association
Infectious Diseases Society of America
Northern California Infectious Diseases Society
Society of Healthcare Epidemiologists of America

Select Recent Publications:

Cohen SH, Gerding DN, Johnson S, Kelly CP, Loo VG, McDonald LC, Pepin J, Wilcox MH. Clinical practice guidelines for Clostridium difficile infection in adults: 2010 update by the society for healthcare epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the infectious diseases society of America (IDSA). Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2010;31:431-55.

Troppmann C, Cohen S, de Mattos A, Perez R. Rapidly progressive lethal infection with novel influenza A (H1N1) 2009 virus in kidney receipient: a cautionary tale. Transplantation 2010;89:369-370.

Flynn N, Cohen SH. The continuing saga of MRSA. J Infect Dis 2008;197:1217-19.

Rakoczy KS, Cohen SH, Nguyen HH. Derivation and validation of a clinical prediction score for isolation of inpatients with suspected pulmonary tuberculosis. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2008;29:927-32.

Rexach CE, Tang-Feldman YJ, Cantrell MC, Chohen SH. Epidemiologic surveillance of Clostridium difficile diarrhea in a freestanding pediatric hospital and a pediatric hospital at a university medical center. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 2006;56:109-14.

Huang H, Flynn NM, King JH, Monchaud C, Morita M, Cohen SH. Comparisons of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and hospital-associated MRSA infections in Sacramento, California. J Clin Microbiol 2006;44:2423-7.

Cohen SH, Shetab R, Tang-Feldman YJ, Sarma P, Silva J Jr., Prindiville TP. Prevalence of enterotoxigenic Bacteroides Fragilis in hospital-acquired diarrhea. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 2006;55:251-4.

To see if Stuart H. Cohen is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).