Hopkins doctor shot in abdomen released from hospital

Dr. David Cohen, a surgeon, was shot by man who later killed his mother and himself

September 27, 2010|By Jay R. Thompson, Towson Times

Ten days after he was shot in the abdomen at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cockeysville resident Dr. David Cohen was released from the hospital Monday.

"He has been released just now," Stephanie Desmon, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said shortly before 6 p.m. Monday.

"Yes, he's gone home. I have no idea when he'll go back to work," she said.

Cohen, 45, has offices at Johns Hopkins Medicine at Greenspring Station, at 10755 Falls Road in Lutherville, and at the Johns Hopkins Orthopedic Surgeons at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center in the hospital complex.

He is married to a Hopkins nurse, Cynthia Cohen. The couple have two children.

Cohen, an orthopedic and spinal surgeon, was shot Sept. 16, police say, by Paul Warren Pardus, 50, of Arlington, Va., who had been upset about the condition of his mother, a patient. After shooting Cohen, Pardus killed his mother, then himself.

Cohen was taken to surgery and has spent the last 10 days recovering at the hospital.

Though the family has not responded to inquiries at their Cockeysville home, they issued a statement Sept. 20 through the hospital's communications office.

"We are deeply appreciative of the outpouring of support and concern for us during this difficult time," the statement said. "We are especially grateful to everyone at Johns Hopkins who worked to make David's recovery possible."

Cohen graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1990 and completed his residency at Johns Hopkins. He also did postgraduate work at Hopkins' School of Public Health and a fellowship in spinal reconstructive surgery at Hopkins.

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