M. Michael Cohen, Jr., the first doctor to diagnose Proteus syndrome in 1979, is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University (Emeritus).
Dr. Cohen was born in Boston, Massachusetts and studied at the University of Michigan, Tufts University, the University of Minnesota, and Boston University. His post-graduate training included a fellowship in pathology and medical genetics with Robert Gorlin (1923–2006), an oral pathologist and geneticist who described a large number of syndromes, including one they delineated together known as Gorlin-Cohen syndrome.
Dr. Cohen holds a bachelor's degree and doctorate in anthropology; he received a Doctor of Dental Surgery and a master's degree in oral and maxillofacial pathology; he also holds a certificate in international health. After serving as Professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle, he moved to Dalhousie University in Canada. He retired to Emeritus in 2006.
Dr. Cohen has written more than 450 articles; he is the author, co-author or editor of 11 books, and has contributed more than 28 chapters to other books.