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Originally from Chicago where he graduated valedictorian from Niles West High School, Dr. Cohen received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University, graduating with highest distinction and departmental honors. He then attended Harvard Medical School, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors in a special field. After serving an orthopaedic residency at the University of California, San Diego, he completed a hand, upper extremity and microvascular fellowship at the Indiana Hand Center, one of the largest and most prestigious hand centers in the country.

Dr. Cohen is the author of more than 156 medical articles, 63 book chapters and he has written a textbook on Hand and Wrist injuries. In addition, he is an editor of Green's Operative Hand Surgery, the most widely read and recognized Hand and Elbow Surgery textbook in the world. He has participated in over 334 continuing education courses where he has taught other doctors, serving as Course Chairman 51 times. For the last 30 years, he has been the Director of the Orthopaedic Hand and Elbow Section at Rush University, and he currently serves as the Director of Orthopaedic Education in the department. He has won several research, teaching and achievement awards and is a member of 16 national and international medical societies and associations. 

Dr. Cohen was again selected one of Chicago's "Top Doctors" in Hand and Orthopaedic Surgery by Chicago Magazine in 2024. He was previously honored in this fashion in 1997, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2022, every year the "Top Doctors" edition has been published. U.S. News & World Report rates him in the top 1% of physicians in his specialty in the nation. Dr. Cohen was recently named the 2017 recipient of the Excellence in Clinical Service award by Rush University, which recognizes faculty who demonstrate continuous excellence in clinical care, leadership and scholarship. 

His clinical and research interests focus on fractures and reconstruction of the hand, wrist and elbow with a special emphasis on minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Cohen has special training and expertise in complex elbow conditions including the throwing athlete (Tommy John surgery) and other sports related injuries. 

Dr. Cohen is a team physician and consultant for the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. In his free time, he enjoys tennis, cycling and in-line skating.

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CC-Top-Docs-color.jpgDr. Mark Cohen was voted among the top 1% of Top Doctors in America®by U.S.News & World Report and Castle Connolly. The Top Doctors list is widely regarded as a high-quality reference guide to the medical profession.

Curriculum Vitae

Practice Emphasis

Hand Surgery
Wrist Surgery
Elbow Surgery

Special Procedures

Wrist and elbow arthroscopy
Joint replacements for the elbow, wrist, and hand
Elbow injuries and reconstruction
Bone cement for wrist fractures

Research Interests

Wrist fractures
Elbow trauma and arthritis
Wrist ligament tears


AAOS Record of Disclosure

Clinical Support Staff

  • Yamile Garcia (SEC)
  • Jessica Kai (PA)
  • Jocelyn Lawhorn (NP)

Education / Certifications

  • Medical School
    Harvard Medical School
  • Internship
    University of California San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA - Surgical Internship
  • Residency
    University of California San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA - Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship
    Indiana Hand Center, Indianapolis, IN - Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Fellowship
  • Certification
    Orthopaedic Surgery Hand Surgery

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Hospital / Surgical Locations

Gold Coast Surgicenter

845 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 985W
Chicago, IL 60611 

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2011 York Road
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

Physician Office Locations


1611 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612