Daniel L Cohen


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Senior Partner - Martin, Blanck & Ass. LLC
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Improvements
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BS - University of Maryland, College Park, MD 1967
MD - University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD 1971


Daniel L. Cohen, MD, FRCPCH (UK), FAAP (USA)

Senior Partner
Martin, Blanck & Associates, LLC, Alexandria, Virginia, USA


International consultant in patient safety/clinical risk management, senior healthcare executive with extensive experience in leadership and medical management, Department of Defense (DoD) physician leader with career culminating as Chief Medical Officer/Executive Medical Director for the DoD TRICARE Program providing health care to ~ 9,500,000 beneficiaries world-wide through an annual budget now approaching $55billion.

Unique qualifications (academic curriculum vitae available on request for additional details):

Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management, Clinical Quality Program Development/Assessment, Personnel Management/Leadership, Clinical Business Process Reengineering, Utilization Management, Case Management, Program Management, Medical Technology and Benefits Development, Educator, Team Leader/Facilitator, Strategic Planner, Critical Analyst, Iconoclast

Professional Experience and Selected Accomplishments- Most recent 10 years
Chief Medical Officer, Datix Ltd (UK)/Datix Inc (USA) March 2011- March 2017

Patient Safety and Risk Management consultant for an internationally prominent patient safety/clinical risk management software company with extensive client focus in the UK, USA, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, Australia and elsewhere. Senior clinical advisor on software development with specific expertise in classification systems, correctable causal and contributing factors, and root cause analyses. Distinguished thought leader, frequent presenter at international conferences, producer of posted commentaries and published author on topics related to improving patient safety.

Senior Consulting Partner with Martin, Blanck & Associates, LLC February 08-Current

Healthcare consultant in clinical quality and resource utilization, patient safety and risk management, case management and population health management, medical device and product development, leadership development and mentoring. Currently serve as senior clinical consultant to several prominent corporations involved in software development, innovative medical product device development, healthcare quality assessment and health outcomes improvement

Dean for Student Development February 2004-Jan 06
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

 Assistant dean, educator and advisor to medical students
 Admissions committee member
 Primary Investigator on ground-breaking long-term outcomes research project (~$150,000 grant) with resultant two presentations to date at national meetings, two abstracts published, four manuscripts submitted (studies ongoing with additional funding)
 Educator with responsibilities for teaching of medical ethics and clinical aspects of pathology

(This was my final assignment prior to retirement from the USAF in January 2006. I requested this assignment so as to have more time to assist my wife during her terminal illness. However, my culminant senior responsibilities were during my tenure at the Department of Defense as reflected immediately below this statement. Professional references will be provided on request.

Chief Medical Officer/(then Executive Medical Director) July 2000-Feb 04
Director, Officer of the Chief Medical Officer
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs)
Department of Defense, TRICARE Management Activity; the Pentagon

 Senior executive leader with responsibility for development, assessment, oversight and evolution of DoD clinical quality, population health/utilization management and patient safety programs
o Supervised a staff (20-25 field/senior grade military officers, GS-13-15 or contract staff) with direct responsibilities for a broad range of clinical programs, contract development and monitoring
 Senior executive physician responsible for oversight of $8-10,000,000 in contracted quality assessment programs through the DoD National Quality Management Program (military hospitals/clinics) and National Quality Monitoring Contract (civilian purchased care) and oversight of DoD healthcare quality
o Co-authored the Healthcare Quality Initiatives Report to Congress (one-time statutory requirement), 2001 (civilian chair appointed by the ASD/HA as required by statute) with resultant recommendations to the Secretary of Defense for improving the quality of health care
o Established and chaired the TRICARE Clinical Quality Forum of DoD/military service leaders to write an Annual Report to Congress on the Quality of DoD Healthcare (statutory requirement)
 Senior physician consultant; management oversight for medical benefits development (10 U.S.C. §1079)
o Senior military physician liaison to House and Senate Armed Services committee staff regarding DoD clinical quality and medical/mental health/educational benefits of the TRICARE program
o Senior military physician liaison to the Coalition and Alliance of Military Beneficiary Groups (~20 groups) providing bimonthly updates on evolution of TRICARE benefits and programs
o Developed an Interagency Agreement between the DoD and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development relating to intrauterine surgery for fetuses with myelomeningocele
 Team Leader/Facilitator- Developed/conducted monthly video-teleconference meetings with senior military and contract regional medical directors involving both Asian and European participants; conducted twice yearly TRICARE Medical Directors conferences in Denver and Washington; developed/hosted annual Clinical Quality Track at the annual National TRICARE Conference in Washington.
 Senior physician consultant to the DoD Patient Safety Program; directly supervised development and implementation of this program involving tracking and monitoring of adverse events, analysis and collation of safety data and metrics, educational programs designed to improve safety, reporting and analysis.
 Senior physician consultant to TRICARE Dental Benefits Insurance Programs contract development; provided particular guidance regarding adjunctive dental care, pediatric dentistry and sedation procedures
 Senior physician consultant to the DoD Population Health Management Program providing critical input to policy development, implementation and standardization of tri-service uniform metrics
 Created/edited the TRICARE Clin Ops Newsletter to enhance dissemination of information regarding TRICARE programs world-wide; published bimonthly and distributed world-wide via list serve

Other Professional Activities:

Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland at College Park; Docent, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, DC), William Paca House, Historic Annapolis Foundation (Annapolis, MD)

Contact Information:

c/o Martin, Blanck & Associates, LLC
2034 Eisenhower Ave
Alexandria, VA 22314-4678
+1.703.628.0273 (mobile)
+1.703.575.6035 (office)

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

See bio statement

Representative Bibliography

Have provided my c.v displaying over 50 publications in peer reviewed venues and innumerable international presentations.