Mary Reich Cooper MD JD is Chief Quality Officer and Senior Vice President for Clinical Services 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. 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 their Program Director of Healthcare Quality and Safety (HQS). 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 came to Connecticut from Rhode Island, where she was Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer for Lifespan Corporation. 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 twelve years at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where she served as the Chief Quality Officer.
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. She has had extensive extramural support and published and spoken widely.
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 Alpha Omega Alpha, and her degree in health law from Pace University School of Law.