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Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD
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Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD, has been awarded several honors for his work in patient safety, including the 2003 John M. Eisenberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in Patient Safety from the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Clinical Engineering. In 2009, the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) established the Jeffrey B. Cooper Patient Safety award in his honor.

Dr. Cooper is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS), which is dedicated to the use of simulation in health care as a means to improve the process of education and training and to avoid risk to patients. He is also Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and MGH.  Dr. Cooper is a member of the Board of Advisors at the National Patient Safety Foundation and founded the NPSF Research Program, which he chaired for seven years.

In the 1970s, Dr. Cooper performed landmark research studies on medical errors and later became the lead member of the group that created the first safety-related standards for anesthesia, equivalent versions of which have since been adopted in the US and throughout the world. He is a co-founder of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), serving continuously on its Executive Committee and for 13 years as chair of its Committee on Scientific Evaluation. He is now an APSF Executive Vice President.

A pioneer in diffusion and innovation in health care simulation, Dr. Cooper has led CMS to become one of the premier simulation programs in the world. Among the more innovative programs he has created or co-developed are the Institute for Medical Simulation; live, interactive simulation video-teleconferencing; and the novel Healthcare Adventures (program for training health care administrators and leaders in teamwork via realistic simulation).

Dr. Cooper received his BS in Chemical Engineering and MS in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University and his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Missouri.


August 2015

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