Michael R. Cohen, RPh MS, ScD (hon.), DPS (hon.)
President, The Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon.), DPS (hon.), is president of The Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a non-profit healthcare organization that specializes in understanding the causes of medication errors and providing error-reduction strategies to the healthcare community, policy makers, and the public. He is editor of the textbook, Medication Errors (2007 American Pharmaceutical Association) and serves as co-editor of the ISMP Medication Safety Alert! publications that reach over 2 million health professionals and consumers in the US, as well as regulatory authorities and others in over 30 foreign countries. He is editor for the ISMP consumer website, and writes a guest column calledCheck-Up that appears weekly on the Philadelphia Inquirer website. Dr. Cohen currently serves as Vice Chair of the Patient Safety Advisory Group for the Joint Commission (creates the National Patient Safety Goals) and serves as a consultant to FDA. In 2005 he was recognized as a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In 2008 The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum awarded Dr. Cohen the prestigious John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award in recognition of his life-long professional commitment to promoting safe medication use and a safe medication delivery system.