Deborah Cohan - 1440 Multiversity

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Deborah Cohan, MD

Dancer and physician merging healthcare and soulful healing

Deborah Cohan is a joyous dancer, compassionate physician, and subtly mischievous rabble-rouser spreading the messages of joy, interconnectedness, and love across the world but, most profoundly, across the field of healthcare.

A professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of California, San Francisco, and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Deborah runs HIVE, a hub of sexual and reproductive wellness for pregnant women and others living with HIV.

A dancer all of her life, Deborah was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 44. She danced the day of her diagnosis and nearly every day throughout her treatment, including in the operating room prior to her bilateral mastectomy. After her surgery a video of this event, recorded by the anesthesiologist, went viral on YouTube, instigating a pop-up social movement around joy and healing through dance. Upon completing chemotherapy, Deborah founded the Foundation for Embodied Medicine, which brings the healing power of body awareness, conscious movement, and embodied presence to patients, caregivers, and medical providers.

When not dancing, doctoring, mothering, or delivering babies, Deborah likes to meditate and explore primary sensory experiences. Her vision: to transform healthcare into a soulful healing experience.

Upcoming Programs

Embodied Medicine

November 15 - 17, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

Are you ready to explore the essential nature of life and the deeper meaning of health? Are you ready to learn how to actualize it all? Lots of people talk about the body-mind connection, but fewer bring us deep into its core: the neuroscience, evolutionary biology, psychology, and timeless wisdom at the foundation of holistic...

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