Meet the Author: Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD

Weekly Webinars: Connecting and Learning with CMS

Duration Duration: 58 Minutes 12 Seconds
Free Open Access Materials > Debriefing, Faculty Development, Healthcare Simulation, Webinars On-Demand

Recorded: September 16, 2020

About this session

Meet the Author is an opportunity to hear from leaders in the fields of healthcare simulation, patient safety and education about the process and outcomes of their scholarship. You are invited to listen and comment as our team interviews contemporary authors in the field. This is a chance to hear about aspects of the projects that did not make it into the publication and learn about their craft and process. Add your questions when you register or at the beginning of the webinar to shape the content of the presentation.

In this session, Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD, will discuss his recent publication: “The Case of the Inadvertently Triggered Laser; An Historical Example of Simulation-Enhanced Adverse Event Investigation.”

Learning Objectives

  • Value the hard work and intricacies of successful scholarship.
  • Appreciate new directions for the fields of healthcare simulation, education and patient safety.


Demian Szyld

Demian Szyld, MD, EdM
Senior Director, Faculty Development Program
Center for Medical Simulation
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Szyld is an Emergency Medicine physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and a Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Szyld was the first Simulation and Education Fellow at the STRATUS Simulation Center at BWH and is actively involved in the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and has chaired the Formal Training Affinity Group, led the Affiliations Committee and served as an Accreditation Site Reviewer and completed a term on the Board of Directors (2016-2019).


Jeff Cooper

Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD
Professor of Anaesthesia
Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Founder, Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Fellow
Center for Medical Simulation

Jeffrey B. Cooper, Ph.D. is Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the founder, Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Fellow of the Center for Medical Simulation, which is dedicated to the use of simulation in healthcare to improve the process of education and training and to avoid risk to patients.

Dr. Cooper is one of the pioneers in what is now called patient safety. He did landmark research in medical errors in the 1970’s, is a co-founder of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF). He was Director of Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts General Hospital for ten years and Director of Biomedical Engineering of the Partners Healthcare System for fourteen years. He is author or co-author of over 140 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Dr. Cooper has been awarded several honors for his work in patient safety, including the 2003 John M. Eisenberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in Patient Safety from the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Clinical Engineering. The Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care of the MGH established the Jeffrey B. Cooper Patient Safety award in his honor. He received the Distinguished Service Award of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in 2013, the first non-MD to receive the honor. In 2014, he was awarded the JS Gravenstein Award for lifetime achievement by the Society for Technology in Anesthesia and named one of the first two members for the Hall of Fame of American College of Clinical Engineering and is among the inaugural fellows of the Academy of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. In his personal life, he is an equestrian and avid Argentinian tango dancer.