The Highest Standard

Neri Cohen, MD, PhD

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Neri Cohen, MD, PhD

Board Certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery

“Knowing that Board Certification is a living, ongoing process, and not a one-time exercise, will reassure patients that the quality oversight process is timely and continuous.”

Being one of the first doctors to participate in the new ABMS MOC program for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Cohen says that the experience is giving him the opportunity to reflect on many of the activities in his practice and it is also helping him to update his medical knowledge and ability.

Dr. Cohen has completed a number of the ABMS MOC program requirements during his first year of the 10-year cycle, including the necessary Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, a comprehensive exam that tests fundamental and practice-related knowledge, the submission of a list of his last 100 patients for review by other surgeons and submission of data from his entire practice to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database for tracking of clinical outcomes.

“Hearing about the solutions to practice-related problems that others have engineered at national meetings (part of CME) forces me to challenge my practice and implement processes to manage change and improve how I take care of patients on a regular basis,” explained Dr. Cohen. “Contributing to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database is probably the single most important continuous quality measure I do. Getting feedback on patient outcomes in reference to national on a regular basis keeps me vigilant about how I am performing.”

Dr. Cohen believes the ABMS MOC program is an integral part of what all physicians ought to do and is no different than regular renewal of a driver’s license. “Our field moves forward so fast that testing someone’s progress every 10 years is way behind the curve,” he said. “Participating in CME, in lifelong learning, in continuous submission of the quality of my work in national databases, I think that’s a good thing.”

Dr. Cohen is Board Certified in Thoracic Surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He has been in practice for 11 years and specializes in General Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Cohen is currently Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Lead Investigator there for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group. Dr. Cohen earned his medical and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 

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