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Dr. Erik Cohen, MD
Hi, I’m Dr. Cohen! I am a board certified pediatrician who started my career working for 4 years in both a private primary care office in Simsbury, CT and a busy urban pediatric emergency department in Hartford, CT. It was during this time that I realized I was not satisfied with the current model of pediatric care. I didn’t like making my patients wait for me and I often felt that I hadn’t spent enough time with them. It would break my heart to hear that a patient had trouble contacting me because the lines were busy or the answering service hadn’t given me the message. I couldn’t believe that I had to send my office patients to another doctor in the emergency room for staples or IV fluids simply because I didn’t have the time, space or supplies. These were treatments I personally performed on every one of my shifts in that same emergency room. That is why I moved to Greenwich and started Next Generation Pediatrics.
I’m not like some physicians who knew they wanted to become doctors from the time they learned to walk. I went to college at the University of Pennsylvania and acquired a Bachelors of Science in Bioengineering. I then went on to do research on human hearing for two years and plasmid protein evaluation for one year at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. I quickly realized that laboratory dishes were a poor substitute for human interaction. I was lucky to have met several doctors who agreed to take me into the hospital to see what their jobs entailed. It sparked my interest.
I went to Georgetown University where I received a Master’s Degree in Physiology and Biophysics and then to Temple University School of Medicine from where I received my MD. Having always known that whatever I did, it would be related to children, the choice to become a pediatrician was simple and obvious. I completed my internship and residency in pediatrics at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center through the University of Connecticut.
People joke with me that my family is a mini United Nations. My wife, Maud Lemercier, is from France. She is a board certified general surgeon working in Westchester, NY. I have an 14-year-old son named Max who was born here in the United States and a 12-year-old daughter named Gaby who was adopted from Korea at the age of 3 months. Although I learned medicine during my training, it was my family who taught me what it was to be a parent.
My path to developing Next Generation Pediatrics was not straight, but the goal was clear: This is the type of medicine I want to practice. This is the type of medicine I think people deserve. I welcome you to look through the website and learn more about our unique brand of pediatric care and to meet my staff. Each was hand-picked by me and I feel honored to have them. Feel free at any time to give us a call and learn more about us. I look forward to meeting you.