Edward S. Cohen, MD, presented “Requests for Same-Gender Providers” during the 30th Annual Perspectives in Urology: Point-Counterpoint, on March 10, 2023, at Humphreys Half Moon Inn, San Diego, California.

How to cite: Cohen, Edward S. “Requests for Same-Gender Providers.” March 10, 2023. Accessed Jul 2024. https://grandroundsinurology.com/requests-for-same-gender-providers/

Requests for Same-Gender Providers – Summary

Edward S. Cohen, MD, discusses the gender disparities in the field of urology, where the representation of women practitioners stands at 10%. Drawing from a comprehensive German study, Dr. Cohen sheds light on how patient preferences for same-sex providers tend to emerge concerning intimate and potentially embarrassing medical concerns. 

For consultations alone, the influence of gender preference was relatively diminished, being close to 35%, indicating a shift in patient perspectives further in the treatment process, where same-sex provider preference rises sharply. Unraveling the complexities of patient decision-making, Dr. Cohen emphasizes that professional skill and clinical experience hold paramount significance in shaping patient choices when seeking medical care. He suggests exploring the tremendous potential of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to effectively cater to patients’ unique requirements and enhance access to quality care.


About the 30th Annual Perspectives in Urology: Point Counterpoint conference: Presented by Program Chair and Grand Rounds in Urology Editor-in-Chief E. David Crawford, MD, this conference brought together leading experts in urology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology to discuss and debate the latest topics in genitourinary cancers, primarily prostate cancer and bladder cancer. This interactive conference offered topical lectures, pro/con debates, interesting-case presentations, interactive panel discussions, and interactive audience and faculty networking. 


Dr. Cohen was born and raised in Los Angeles and earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA with magna cum laude honors and initiation into Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended the University of California Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento. After obtaining his medical degree, Dr. Cohen completed his surgical internship and urologic residency at the University of San Diego Medical Center. He has been in practice in La Jolla and Encinitas, California, since 1990.
Dr. Cohen has served as Chief of Urology at Scripps La Jolla and Scripps Encinitas Hospitals and has served as Chief of Staff of Scripps Encinitas. He is currently President of Genesis Healthcare Partners, a multi-specialty LUGPA in San Diego with 30 providers.