In September, AOS celebrated the retirement of our esteemed colleague Dr. Sheldon L. Cohn, MD, FAAOS. Dr. Cohn has served the Hampton Roads community for three decades, becoming renowned for his practice of “Concierge Care,” which focuses on individualizing diagnosis and treatment for each of his patients. Throughout his career, Dr. Cohn continually strived for excellence for his patients, and worked to standardize care for student athletes in our area.
Dr. Cohn joined AOS in 2010. Not only has he had a decorated career, but Dr. Cohn has notably served our community through a variety of philanthropic efforts. He was also recognized as a Coastal Virginia Magazine Top Doc.
An important piece of Dr. Cohn’s legacy has been his work with student athletes. During college, Dr. Cohn was a Division I athlete and captain of the varsity soccer team at the University of Virginia. He carried his passion for athletics into his professional life. While serving as the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Director at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, he was also the Orthopaedic Team Physician for the Detroit Lions and Tigers.
Dr. Sheldon L. Cohn, MD, FAAOS
In Hampton Roads, he began working with local high school and club teams, including the Hampton Roads Piranhas (formerly known as the Hurricanes) and Norfolk and Chesapeake Public Schools. Alongside his partner Dr. Lawrence Shall, Dr. Cohn was a key advocate for students and an instrumental figure in ensuring that Certified Athletic Trainers became a requirement for high school athletic programs in the area.
In his personal life, Dr. Cohn continues to dedicate his time to local student athletes, serving as a high school and club coach, a certified referee, and team physician/consultant for local soccer clubs. He is President of the Hampton Roads Soccer Council, a nonprofit organization, and has worked to develop and implement injury prevention programs for young soccer players in the Tidewater region.
“Dr. Cohn has been an influential member of the AOS and Hampton Roads community. He has played a critical role in advocating for the safety of student athletes throughout the region,” says AOS president Chad R. Manke. “Dr. Cohn will certainly be missed, but his contributions to the well-being of so many in our community will remain an outstanding legacy.”