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Mary R. Cooper, MD, JD

Mary Reich Cooper, MD, JD

Contact Dr. Cooper

901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-3888
(215) 923-7583 fax


JD, Pace University
MD, Temple University
AB, Duke University

University Appointments

Associate Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health
Program Director, Healthcare Quality & Safety, Jefferson College of Population Health
Program Director, Operational Excellence, Jefferson College of Population Health

Research & Practice Interests

Healthcare Quality and Safety
Quality Methodologies
Patient Safety
Operational Efficiencies


Advanced Applications of Quality & Safety in Clinical Settings
Healthcare Quality & Safety Capstone Seminar & Project


In January 2016 Dr. Mary Cooper joined the faculty of the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, where she is Associate Professor. Dr. Cooper also serves as Program Director of the Healthcare Quality & Safety (HQS) degree programs where she is responsible for all Capstone Projects in HQS, oversight of the HQS curriculum and education in Population Health Academies and certificate programs. She is also Program Director for the Operational Excellence program at JCPH and  the co-Lead for Health System Sciences in the redesign of the curriculum for Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.  

In addition to her work at Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Cooper is also Chief Quality Officer for the Connecticut Hospital Association, a position she has held since 2012. In 2014 the Connecticut Hospital Association was awarded the American Heart Association’s Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership, the highest honor for quality in the association sphere. Dr. Cooper came to Connecticut from Rhode Island, where she was Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer for Lifespan Corporation, a four-hospital health system based in Providence. She was an Assistant Professor in Medicine (Research) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a member on the Rhode Island State Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline. She also served 12 years at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where she served as Chief Quality Officer.

Dr. Cooper’s leadership experience has included a variety of positions in the quality arena beginning in 1990. She also practiced internal medicine for ten years prior to moving into administration. Her interests encompass health policy and shaping the quality agenda on a variety of topics including quality methodologies, patient safety and operational efficiencies.

Dr. Cooper’s achievements and honors include:

  • Grants and fellowships in outcomes research, patient safety, information technology, case management and cardiac medicine totaling over $8 million.
  • Publication of book chapters, abstracts and journal articles in such journals as Circulation, Pediatric Pulmonology, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Academic Medicine and AORN Journal.
  • Presentations at numerous conferences and symposia.


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. In situ simulation comparing in-hospital first responder sudden cardiac arrest resuscitation using semiautomated defibrillators and automated external defibrillators
  2. Comparison of sudden cardiac arrest resuscitation performance data obtained from in-hospital incident chart review and in situ high-fidelity medical simulation
  3. The unintended consequences of being friendly: a case study.
  4. Managing the prevention of retained surgical instruments: What is the value of counting?
  5. Automated identification, tracking and reporting of central line-associated blood streams infection to comply with required New York state reporting.
  6. To what extent do pediatricians accept computer-based dosing suggestions?
  7. Response to Mostafaie and Harrington [4]
  8. Using IT to improve quality at NewYork-Presybterian Hospital: a requirements-driven strategic planning process.
  9. New York-Presbyterian Hospital uses six sigma to build a culture of quality and innovation
  10. Lack of adherence with preoperative B-blocker recommendations in a multicenter study
  11. Model for a merger: NewYork-Presbyterian's use of service lines to bring two academic medical centers together
  12. Electronic discharge summaries.
  13. Managing the alert process at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
  14. Executive series: The quest for quality
  15. Executive dialog series. The quest for quality.
  16. Positive impact of an interdisciplinary chest pain initiative on traditionally underserved populations
  17. Medication safety--reliability of preference cards.
  18. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital: translating innovation into practice.
  19. Perioperative use of β-blocker in noncardiac surgery: A multicenter educational intervention to achieve best practice guidelines
  20. Model for a Merger: NewYork-Presbyterian's Use of Service Lines to Bring Two Academic Medical Centers Together