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Apr 21, 2023

"Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?" --Lewis Carroll

Deborah Cohan: The Dancing Doctor

"Deborah Cohan is a lifelong dancer, obstetrician-gynecologist, and teacher of embodied medicine. In 2013, moments before undergoing a double-mastectomy, she and the entire operating room team broke out into dance, filmed by the anesthesiologist for Deborahs friends and family. The video found its way into the public sphere and has since been viewed 8 million times. Deborah oversees births at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and serves as the medical director of HIVE, caring for pregnant people living with HIV. She teaches embodied medicine through the Foundation for Embodied Medicine. For Cohan, medicine and movement are deeply interwoven. She has served as a doula for those who are giving birth and those who are dying. More about her remarkable work and life in this interview.

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