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Craig Cohen, MD, MPH

UCGHI Co-Director

Craig Cohen, MD, MPH, is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSF and an Attending Physician at San Francisco General Hospital. He conducts trans-disciplinary health research at the intersection of HIV/sexually transmitted infection prevention/reproductive Health and their relationship to social/economic factors.

In 1994, Dr. Cohen and his colleague Dr. Elizabeth Bukusi at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) established the Research Care and Training Program (RCTP) a collaboration with projects in the Lake Victoria region of Kenya. In addition to conducting research, the goal of the program is to enhance local capacity to conduct biomedical research through training and infrastructure development. RCTP employs over 1,200 full-time staff in Kenya including epidemiologists, physicians, nurse-counselors, laboratory technologists, field workers, data managers, biostatisticians and administrative staff.

Dr. Cohen has been the Director of the Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) since its creation in 2004. FACES is a CDC/PEPFAR-funded HIV/AIDS care and treatment program in Western Kenya  which supports the Kenyan Ministry of Health to care for approximately 10% of people living with HIV in the country. As part of FACES, Dr. Cohen has also developed the Student Training Elective Program (STEP), which allows health science and other students, and residents to do clinical and research electives at FACES-supported sites.

Additionally, Dr. Cohen directs the UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship, a program that provides global health research opportunities to pre-doctoral scholars, professional students and post-doctoral fellows in 16 low- and middle-income countries around the world. Overall, Dr. Cohen has directly mentored more than 70 predoctoral students, residents, post-doctoral fellows and faculty, most of who have conducted research in Kenya.