Jeff Cohn, MD, MHCM, is the President of The Plexus Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to "foster the health of individuals, families, communities, and our natural environment by helping people use concepts emerging from the new science of complexity.” The Institute conducts research and training workshops, provides consultative services, and sponsors professional learning networks to radically alter institutions’ conventional approaches of engaging stakeholders and resolving intractable management and policy challenges.
Prior to assuming the Plexus Presidency, Dr. Cohn was the Chief Quality Officer and Patient Safety Officer for Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While at Einstein, Dr. Cohn led an initiative to reduce patient infection rates and worked closely with Plexus to use liberating structures and positive deviance to transform the Network’s approach to addressing patient safety. These techniques were instrumental in the success of the project, which resulted in sustainable 75% decrease in Network infection rates and vastly improved expenses. This experience led to Dr. Cohn’s involvement on the Plexus Board of Directors, in 2011 becoming the Institute’s Chairman, and in June 2012 becoming the Institute’s President.
Dr. Cohn graduated from Jefferson Medical College and received a Masters in Healthcare Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He currently teaches in Jefferson’s School of Population Health and lectures frequently on the role of adopting a complexity lens in resolving critical healthcare issues.
"The most meaningful
improvement work I’ve participated in since I started my career in quality in
healthcare has been the work I’ve done with Plexus. I feel it helps create the environment for creative innovation
and engagement among all the people who need to participate in the work, so
that large-scale change can occur."
Jeff Cohn, MD