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Dr. Ronald Cohn, President


Dr. Ronald Cohn has served as President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada, since May 1, 2019. Dr. Cohn joined SickKids in September 2012 as the Chief of the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics, Co-Director of the Centre for Genetic Medicine, and Senior Scientist at the SickKids Research Institute. He became the inaugural Women’s Auxiliary Chair in Clinical and Metabolic Genetics in April 2013, and joined the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. In 2016 he was appointed Chief of Paediatrics at SickKids and Chair of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Cohn received his medical degree from the University of Essen, Germany. After his postdoctoral fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Campbell, he moved to Baltimore where he was the first combined resident in paediatrics and genetics at the Johns Hopkins University. He subsequently joined the faculty of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins, where he became the director of the world’s first multidisciplinary centre for hypotonia, which has earned national and international recognition. Dr. Cohn was also the Director of the Medical Genetics Residency Program at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Cohn has received numerous awards, including the David M. Kamsler Award for outstanding compassionate and expert care of paediatric patients in 2004, the first Harvard-Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics Award in Medical Genetics in 2006; and the NIH Young Innovator Award in 2008.

Over the last few years, Dr. Cohn has developed an interest in applying a concept of “precision child health” to the care of children. His own research focuses on implementing genome-editing technologies for the treatment of neurogenetic disorders.