The Advocates 4-8-09 -Docot Kenneth Cohn

“The Advocates”


Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

April 8, 2009

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On Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 12:00 Noon, I will be hosting my show The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, and you can also listen to the program live streaming at One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio. Our guest is Dr. Kenneth Cohn, the author Collaborate for Success, and Better Communication for Better Care, and we will be talking about his ideas on the critical issue of healthcare reform.


Dr. Cohn is a board-certified general surgeon who obtained his M.D. degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons Medical School, completed his residency at the Harvard-Deaconess Surgical Service, and performed fellowships in endocrine and oncologic surgery at the Karolinska Hospital and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, respectively.  He was Assistant Professor of Surgery at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn and later moved to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Surgical Oncology at the VA Hospital at White River Junction. 


Dr. Cohn also is a 1998 graduate of the MBA program of the Tuck School at Dartmouth.  He worked initially as a consultant at Health Advances, assisting 6 firms to commercialize new products.  At Cambridge Management Group, he led change-management initiatives for physicians at affiliated hospitals within the Yale New Haven, Banner Colorado, Cottage Santa Barbara, and Sutter Sacramento Health Systems.


 Dr. Cohn remains clinically active, covering surgical practices in New Hampshire and Vermont.  He has been mentoring physicians in leadership development since 1999, finding that physicians enjoy learning from fellow physicians. 



Dr. Cohn’s writing experience includes over 45 published articles in peer-reviewed healthcare journals.  His article, “The Tectonic Plates Are Shifting: Cultural Change vs. Mural Dyslexia,” won the Dean Conley Award in 2009 from the American College of Healthcare Executives for the best article in a healthcare management publication.


He has written two books, Better Communication for Better Care: Mastering Physician-Administration Collaboration, and Collaborate for Success!  Breakthrough Strategies for Engaging Physicians, Nurses, and Hospital Executives, published by Health Administration Press, 2005 and 2006.


Dr. Cohn is the editor of The Business of Healthcare, a three-volume set, published December 2007 that comprises practice management, leading healthcare organizations, and improving systems of care.  He is also the editor of Improving Physician-Hospital Relations: A Field-Tested System, a multimedia distance-learning program comprising topics such as engaging physicians to improve care, improving operating room throughput, dealing with disruptive physicians, and employing cutting-edge physician recruiting and retention strategies.  He blogs weekly on topics related to healthcare collaboration at


Meanwhile, the mission of the “Advocates” is to bring to the public differing views on current public policy issues. Public policy, therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow.


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Next week I will be hosting former Congressman Joseph J. DioGuardi, the author of Unaccountable Congress, It Doesn’t Add Up, on income tax day, April 15th.


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