Dr. Aly Cohen is a board-certified rheumatologist and integrative medicine physician, as well as an environmental health specialist. Her medical practice, located in Princeton NJ, focuses on the western medical and integrative approaches to a variety of health conditions in both adults and children, including rheumatologic disorders, arthritis, chronic pain, immune system dysfunction, environmental health and nutrition consultation.
Dr. Cohen received her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She went on to medical training at Hahnemann University Hospital School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Cohen continued her specialist training in rheumatology and autoimmune diseases at Montefiore Hospital/Albert Einstein University Hospital in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Cohen is currently in private practice in Princeton, New Jersey. Her practice, Integrative Rheumatology Associates P.C., founded in 2011, focuses on both traditional western medical management of rheumatologic ailments, as well as integrative options for total “wellness”, such as biofeedback, acupuncture, cognitive therapy, diet and exercise counseling, environmental toxin counseling, smoking cessation, stress management and sleep evaluations.
Dr. Cohen is trained in medical acupuncture from the Helms Institute at UCLA and Environmental Medicine from Dr. Andrew Weil and the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. In 2012, she was honored as the recipient of the Jones/Lovell Rheumatology Scholarship at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine in Tucson, Arizona. She has studied and worked alongside Dr. Andrew Weil and his colleagues in the field of integrative medicine over the past 5 years. Dr. Cohen regularly lectures on healthy dietary and integrative medicine techniques to her patients, schools, summer camps, medical training programs, and the community.
Dr. Cohen’s strong interest in environmental chemical exposure has lead to collaborations with several non-profit environmental health and disease prevention groups, including Cancer Schmancer (CancerSchmancer.org), The Suppers Programs (TheSupperPrograms.org) and the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org). In 2012, she created a CME accredited presentation on endocrine disrupting chemicals and their relationship to human health, designed specifically for physicians, nurses and other health professionals. She lectures nationally on this topic to communities, academic institutions and medical schools. She has been a consultant for major corporations such as Knowledge Universe to help reduce the chemical exposure of infants and toddlers in over 2,000 KinderCare Daycares across the United States. Currently, she is working as a medical investigator in the Paulsboro, New Jersey train derailment in 2012 that spilled thousands of gallons of polyvinyl chloride. In addition to the education of adults on this topic, Dr. Cohen has extended her message to the education of young people. She is currently piloting a program at Princeton High School to integrate environmental health information into the current health curriculum. She was asked to lecture at NAEYC’s 2014 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, in June. In 2017, Dr. Cohen co-edited and was a contributing authoring for the textbook, “Integrative Environmental Medicine”, which is part of the Weil/Oxford University Press academic book series. She was honored with the 2015 New Jersey Healthcare Heroes Award for Education. She was recognized by her medical colleagues for “Top Docs NJ” in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 for rheumatology and she received the Burton L. Eichler humanitarian award for her community work in environmental health education. Dr. Cohen taped a TEDx talk entitled, “How to protect your kids from toxic chemicals” in 2019, and her new book, “Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World”, published by Oxford University Press, was released in 2020.
As a recognized advocate for health education, Dr. Cohen also works as a writer, interviewer and producer for children and adult health programs on an array of network and cable TV channels. She is also a published medical author.
Dr. Cohen is an avid runner, participates in area triathlons and ran in the 2009 New York City Marathon, raising thousands of dollars for The Lupus Foundation. She lives with her husband and two young sons in New Jersey.