Fran R. Cogen, MD, CDE, originally from New York, has resided in San Francisco, Chicago, and in the Washington DC area since 1996. She is dedicated to advocating for the needs of patients and their families in managing diabetes, and in 2007, she was named as one of the "Best Doctors in America." Dr. Cogen received her BS degree in The Biological Sciences from Cornell University in 1975 and her MD from The College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1979. She completed her pediatric residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center ("Babies Hospital") from 1979-1982 and became a Certified Diabetes Educator in 1994. She has worked at The University of Chicago as the Outpatient Director of the Chicago Children's Diabetes Center and is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her current responsibilities include Director of Diabetes Services and Director of The Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at the Children’s National Health System.
She has served on the American Diabetes Association National Diabetes Education Recognition Committee and is currently the Chairman of the Examination Committee for The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. Additionally, Dr. Cogen teaches residents and medical students at Children's and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Intensive insulin therapy and its effect on quality of life are her primary areas of interest.
Through Dr. Cogen's perseverance, a major breakthrough in actualizing her vision was reached in March of 2007. The Washington Nationals Baseball Club chose diabetes education and care as one of their three signature causes. Their commitment was solidified by a $2 million dollar lead gift from the National's Dream Foundation to secure space in Children's master facility plan for a 6,500 sq. ft. Diabetes Care Complex. After 6 years of fundraising, the complex was completed in June of 2013 and is currently a busy multidisciplinary facility caring for children and adolescents with diabetes and related conditions.