Kenneth Cohen M.D., Executive Director of Clinical Research
Dr. Kenneth Cohen is an experienced physician leader, practicing physician, and researcher who has attained local and national recognition for clinical research, internal medicine, and health care quality improvement. He has successfully developed, directed, evaluated and reported numerous clinical quality studies in primary care, including tobacco cessation, osteoporosis, asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and ischemic vascular disease. Dr. Cohen has served as principal investigator of numerous clinical research trials, in areas including COPD, Type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. He has presented at national and local conferences and symposia, and has authored numerous publications and reports. Dr. Cohen was one of the founding physicians of New West Physicians, which is the largest primary care group practice in Colorado. He served as Chief Medical Officer, board member, and chair of the Medical Management Committee for New West Physicians for 25 years. Currently his two roles are the Executive Director of Clinical Research for United Health Group R&D, and Senior National Medical Director at OptumCare. Dr. Cohen has received awards of recognition and distinction for teaching, and he serves as a preceptor for medical students. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He was recognized as the Exempla Lutheran Medical Center Physician of the Year in 2010. Dr. Cohen holds degrees from Dickinson College and Hahnemann University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a member of the American Medical Association, the Colorado Medical Society and Clear Creek Medical Society.