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Professor Marta Cohen

Professor Marta Cohen OBE

Professor Marta Cohen

Role: Consultant Paediatric and Perinatal Pathologist, Head of Histopathology Department, Clinical Director, Honorary Professor (Department of Oncology and Metabolism University of Sheffield), Chair and Programme Director of Advanced Training Centre for Paediatric and Perinatal Pathology - Giordano Fellowship - of European Society of Pathology




  • Medical School: Faculty of Medicine, La Plata University, Argentina
  • General Pathology Residency: Hospital de Clínicas, Buenos Aires University, Argentina
  • Paediatric Pathology Residency:  Ricardo Gutierrez Children’s Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Fellowship in Paediatric Pathology : Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Diploma in Medical Education, University of La Plata, Argentina
  • MD Topic: Investigation of Sudden Infant Death: La Plata University, Argentina
  • Forensic Pathology Training: Forensic Science Service, Medico Legal Centre, Sheffield, UK

Experience , skills and abilities

Paediatric and perinatal pathology is my area of expertise. This entails the diagnosis of paediatric and perinatal diseases through macroscopic examination and histological assessment. We routinely use ancillary investigation methods that help us reach a diagnosis, such as microbiology, genetics, metabolic analysis, electron microscopy, special stains and immunohistochemistry.

Research and training interests

  • Post mortem MRI
  • Investigation of Sudden Infant Death,  Sudden Death in Childhood, preterm births and stillbirths

Achievements, current projects and key publications

  • Immediate Past Course Director of International Paediatric Pathology Association’s Post-Graduate Advanced Course (2014 – 2018)
  • Course Director of the next Update Course of the International Paediatric Pathology Association’s Post-Graduate Advanced Course (June 2021)
  • Past President of International Paediatric Pathology Association. This is constituted by the continental societies of Paediatric Pathology (2016 – 2018)
  • MBRRACE-UK confidential enquiry panel assessor into perinatal mortality and morbidity (2016 –)
  • Academic Lead for the Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) on Prenatal, Perinatal and Paediatric Pathology (2018-2021)
  • Registry for Unexpected Child Deaths in England: Steering Committee Member (2019- )
  • Member of the Women’s and Children’s Services Clinical Reference Group. NHS England (2019-2021)
  • Board Member & Director (representing the European Society of Pathology) of the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR) 
  • Named in 2015 “Power list” of most influential Pathologists
  • Included in The Pathologist’s 2019 “Trailblazers” Power List by an independent judging panel of experts who assessed all nominated entries
  • OBE for groundbreaking services to the treatment of Sudden Death Syndrome

Key Published Books:

  1. The Pediatric Surgical Pathology Manual. Cohen MC. Scheimberg I. Eds. Cambridge University Press. February 2015. ISBN: 9781107430808
  2. The Pediatric and Perinatal Autopsy Manual. Cohen MC, Scheimberg I. Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781107646070. April 2014.
  3. Investigation of Sudden Infant Death. Ed: Marta C Cohen, Irene B Scheimberg, J Bruce Beckwith, Fern R Haucks. In: Diagnostic Pediatric pathology. M C Cohen and I Scheimberg Editors. Cambridge University Press. June 2019.

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