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Susan L. Cohn, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

Chief, Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Dean, Clinical Research

Director, Clinical Research, Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Susan L. Cohn, MD, is a highly respected expert in pediatric cancers and blood diseases. She is a leading authority on neuroblastoma, a cancer of nerve cells, and the most common type of cancer found in infants.

Dr. Cohn is actively researching several aspects of neuroblastoma. She is one of the few pediatric oncologists in the United States who is conducting Phase I clinical trials of promising treatments for the disease, and her team has established the only 131I-meta-iodobenzlyguanidine (MIBG) treatment program in Illinois.

Dr. Cohn’s research has received generous support from the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. She also co-leads the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Cohn has held several leadership positions in national pediatric cooperative clinical research groups, including serving as chair of the Children's Oncology Group (COG) Neuroblastoma Disease Committee and she was a member of the COG Executive committee. She is a current a member of the COG Scientific Council and also serves on the NIH/NCI Board of Scientific Counselors for Clinical Sciences and Epidemiology. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and was ASCO Treasurer from 2012-2015. In 2016, she received the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Pediatric Oncology Award.

A prolific author, Dr. Cohn has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, several book chapters, and has co-edited two books. She also serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Pediatric Blood and Cancer.

Dr. Cohn has been selected as a top doctor by Chicago magazine and Top Cancer Doctor by Newsweek and Castle Connolly.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
Comer Children's Hospital
5721 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Medical School

University of Illinois College of Medicine


Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago


Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago


American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association for Cancer Research
American Society for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
International Society for Pediatric Research
Society for Pediatric Research

Language Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-6808

Office Fax

(773) 834-1329

Office Postal Address

Susan L. Cohn, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 4060
Chicago, IL 60637

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Read More About Dr. Cohn

After being treated for a Wilms tumor in his right kidney, Ryan Bendoff is back to living a normal life. Dr. Cohn says he has greater than a 95 percent chance of a lifelong cure. Read Ryan's story.

Dr. Cohn describes what it is like for a parent to agree to enroll their child in a clinical trial and how this selfless act can impact future children. Read the blog post on Cancer.Net.

Even with Maggie's cancer now in remission, her parents continue to make the 2-hour drive for Dr. Cohn's follow-up care and expertise. "There's no way I'm going anywhere else," said Maggie's mom, Breanna. » Read their story

When a CT scan detected a mass wrapped around Ellie's spine, the Van Rossums were referred to Dr. Cohn, who diagnosed Ellie with a ganglioneuroblastoma. » Read Ellie's story

When Yano Pournaras was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, his father sought Dr. Cohn's expertise -- and he was willing to travel from South Carolina to get it. » Read Yano's story

Dr. Cohn co-chaired a task force that created recommendations for a global evaluation system for neuroblastoma. The system is designed to enable quicker identification of optimal treatments.

A study led by Dr. Cohn was identified by the American Society of Clinical Oncology as among those with the "greatest potential to improve patient care and quality of life." The study focused on the link between ethnic disparities and genetic variation in patients with neuroblastoma.

Dr. Cohn is featured in the University of Chicago Medicine's Science Life blog commenting on a successful clinical trial of a new treatment for neuroblastoma.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Cohn's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.