Mary Reich Cooper, MD, JD, is Senior Vice President for Clinical Services and Chief Quality Officer for the Connecticut Hospital Association. In 2014, the Connecticut Hospital Association was awarded the AHA’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, 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 was at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for 12 years, where she served as the Chief Quality Officer.

In January 2016, Dr. Cooper joined the faculty of the College of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, where she is an Associate Professor. Dr. Cooper also serves as the Program Director of Healthcare Quality and Safety (HQS) where Dr. Cooper 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 the co-lead for Health System Sciences in the redesign of the curriculum for Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Cooper’s leadership experience has included a variety of positions in the quality arena beginning in 1990. She 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 including Circulation, Pediatric Pulmonology, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Academic Medicine, and AORN Journal, among others

- Presentations at numerous conferences and symposia

Dr. Cooper received her undergraduate degree cum laude from Duke University, her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, where she was elected to AOA, and her degree in health law from Pace University School of Law.