Dr. Michelle Cohen

Physician, Dept of Family Medicine, Queen's University

Primary Care & Family Medicine, Women's Health, Equity in Health Care, Rural Health, Health Policy, Pseudoscience & Health Communication


Sex toys for sexual health

Why aren’t mainstream media holding fear-mongering MDs to account?

Being healthy is not the same as being virtuous

Ontario’s vaccine rollout confusion is a deliberate political tactic

Pain and Prejudice: A new book explores misogyny in health care

What the gender pay gap in medicine tells us about women's health

Medicine's bigotry and bullying problem

Why the abortion pill is more important than ever during the coronavirus

Coronavirus could decimate small and isolated communities in Nunavut

Lack of access to abortion in rural Canada severely limits its protection

We shouldn't wait for national pharmacare: We need universal contraception coverage now

Goop has exploited the medical establishment's failures on women's health

Why can naturopaths mislead the public about their credentials? Because no one bothers to stop them

Manitoba's health minister avoids accountability on abortion by punting questions to another ministry

Most Canadian gun deaths are suicides. We need tighter controls

War mentality, and laws, required to protect medical staff

Don’t insult health care workers by calling COVID-19 response ‘hysteria’

It took two years to close a cruel loophole in palliative care, even with legislative consensus. Why?

Anxieties over COVID-19 and possible PPE shortages prompting some health care workers to draft wills

Family doctors want term 'family medicine' protected legally

Employers should have to foot the bill for mandatory sick notes

Violating Nature’s health laws: how an eccentric early 20th century influencer set the stage for the COVID infodemic

by Michelle Cohen

Published by Healthy Debate

October 11, 2022

Gender segregation, pay inequity. Understanding the ‘pink-collar’ tier in medicine

by Michelle Cohen

Published by Healthy Debate

June 19, 2022

Medical abortion is an essential service during the pandemic

by Michelle Cohen

Published by Canadian Family Physician

April 1, 2021

Closing the gender pay gap in Canadian medicine

by Michelle Cohen, Tara Kiran

Published by Canadian Medical Association Journal

August 31, 2020

End immigration detention: an open letter

by Michaela Beder, Michelle Cohen, Katrina Hui, Carolina Jimenez

Published by The Lancet

July 12, 2018


Dr. Michelle Cohen is a family physician at the Lakeview Family Health Team and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. She holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto.

She is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Queen's University and sits on the Advocacy Committee of Canadian Women in Medicine. She also serves as a delegate for her region at the Ontario Medical Association.

Dr. Cohen has written articles for the CBC, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Maclean's, Medical Post and Chatelaine. She speaks widely on issues relating to primary care, rural health, women's health, equity in medicine and pseudoscience and health communication.



  • pseudoscience & health communication
  • health policy
  • women's health
  • equity in health care
  • rural health
  • primary care & family medicine