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Alex Cohen, MD, PhD

Alex Cohen, MD, PhD

Ophthalmologist at Desert Vista Eye SpecialistsAccepting new patients?Yes
2222 E. Camelback Rd
Suite 250
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 840-3501

About Dr. Alex Cohen

Dr Cohen is a fellowship trained cornea specialist who has been in practice since 2011. He obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and then attended residency and fellowship at the top ranked University of Iowa.  Following his training, he was on the faculty at the Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City, serving as fellowship director and receiving the Stanley Muenzler, MD Endowed Professor of Corneal Disease.


After his time in academic medicine, Dr Cohen moved back to Iowa where he was a partner in a very busy private practice, performing well over 1000 cataract, cornea, and glaucoma surgeries per year in addition to giving intravitreal injections for macular degeneration and diabetes on a routine basis.  He recently moved back to Arizona, his home state, and now works at the newly opened Desert Vista Eye Specialists office in Phoenix.  


He continues to serve as an oral board examiner and helps to develop both the oral and written examinations for certifying the next generation of ophthalmologists.  In addition, Dr Cohen has been traveling to the African nation of Eswatini since 2015, helping to establish a high volume medical and surgical eye care program in this impoverished nation.  His special interesting include, complex cataract surgery, LASIK, cornea transplants, pterygium surgery, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, and intravitreal injections for macular disorders.  

Hours of Operation:

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Doctor of Medicine (MD) from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Molecular Pharmacology from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Fellowship in Cornea External Diseases at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Residency in Ophthalmology at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Honors and Awards

Secretariat Award, Awarded by American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2020

W. Stanley Muenzler, MD Endowed Professor of Corneal Disease, 2014

Memberships and Affiliations

Member, American Board of Ophthalmology Oral Examiner 2017-

Member, American Board of Ophthalmology Exam Development Committee 2016-

Member, Clinical Operations Committee Iowa City Ambulatory Surgery Center 2015-

Member, Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology 2014-

Member, Cornea Society 2013-2015

Member, Residency Selection Committee 2012-

Fellow, American Board of Ophthalmology 2012-2015

Member, McGee Eye Surgery Center Advisory Committee 2012-2015

Member, Residency Education Committee 2011-

Lifetime Member, Society of Heed Fellows 2011-2015

Member, Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology

Payments Accepted

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Major Credit Cards
  • CareCredit