Kenneth R. Cohen, PhD is the Founder and CEO of The Synergy Organization, the country's first Healthcare Evidence-Based Executive Assessments and Search Firm. Applying over 30 years of practical experiences and expertise as an Organizational Psychologist, he has helped many nationally recognized healthcare senior executives and their organizations to use proven, Evidence-Based Best Practices (including proprietary psychological testing and the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program criteria) as cost-effective, value-added components of their Executive Recruitment, Selection, Development, Retention and Succession Planning initiatives.  

Dr. Cohen has conducted several respected national Best Practices Leadership research studies, then published and presented these findings along with practical solutions to most effectively and efficiently leverage these findings.   These achieve significant improvements in Quality and Cost Savings by enabling progressive hospitals and health systems to do the right things right with their leaders, the first time.

As part of his commitment to achieving World-Class results, Dr. Cohen has been actively involved with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program for several years.  He is proud to serve as the Founding Sponsor of the Harry S. Hertz Leadership Award (HSHLA) in collaboration with the Malcolm Baldrige Foundation.  Also, Dr. Cohen recently became a Board Member of the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE), a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation that helps organizations improve their performance and outcomes, including productivity, workforce engagement, competitiveness, and customer and stakeholder satisfaction through the application of the Baldrige Criteria.

Dr. Cohen has conducted numerous seminars on effective leadership, recruitment, selection, executive development, and retention strategies for multiple professional associations.  These include: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), American Hospital Association’s (AHA’s) Center for Healthcare Governance, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), and several State Hospital Associations.

He has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level. In addition, Dr. Cohen has written, been published in or interviewed by professional journals and publications including: “Board Room Press”, “Contemporary Long Term Care”, “Healthcare Executive”, “Healthcare Informatics”, “HFM”, “Hospitals and Health Networks”, “Monograph”, “Nursing Homes”, “The Wall Street Journal”, and “Trustee”.

Dr. Cohen earned both his Masters and PhD as a Psychologist with Distinction honors at Temple University.  He graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

Speaker Topics

  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Medical Staff Development
  • Performance Improvement
  • Physician Leadership
  • Workforce Issues

Speaker Type

  • Breakout Presenter
  • Group Facilitator
  • Keynote Presenter
  • Presentation Moderator
  • Webinar Presenter