Kenneth R. Cohen, PhD

Kenneth R. Cohen, PhD, Founder & CEO The Synergy Organization
Kenneth R. Cohen, Ph.D. Founder & CEO

Kenneth R. Cohen, PhD, is the Founder and CEO of The Synergy Organization, Inc.

Dr. Cohen established the firm in 1989 to pursue his passions, specialized training and practical experiences as an Organizational Psychologist and Leadership Consultant.

Dr. Cohen discovered significant gaps and opportunities for improvement within the executive search industry.  He since has dedicated his career to helping healthcare organizations apply proven science to their executive recruitment and selection practices.  He also created the proprietary Synergy Screening System®.  This System simplifies the often challenging task of hiring the right senior executives.  It is currently being used as a standard practice by many respected healthcare organizations around the country. The results: healthcare organizations increase productivity, profitability and engagement while reducing expense and turnover.

2011 KAPE Award Kenneth R Cohen PhD
Presentation of the 2011 Keystone Alliance for Performance Excellence (KAPE) Award to Kenneth R. Cohen, PhD, Founder & CEO, The Synergy Organization. From left: Robert Bitner, Executive Director, KAPE; Dr. Cohen; Harry S. Hertz, PhD, Director, Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.

Since founding Synergy, Dr. Cohen has helped many of the most progressive acute care hospitals and health systems across the U.S. to effectively and efficiently recruit, select, develop and retain extraordinary leaders.  This includes two Baldrige Performance Excellence Program Award recipients.  His own demonstrated commitment to Metrics, Quality and Productivity and to providing World Class Service is evidenced by Synergy’s application of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program standards to all of the company’s internal and external business practices.

Dr. Cohen has been recognized for leading several respected national research studies involving “Best Practices in Healthcare Leadership.”  He has conducted numerous seminars on effective leadership, recruitment, selection, executive development, and retention strategies for respected healthcare organizations.  These include: the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), American Hospital Association’s (AHA’s) Center for Healthcare Governance, 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,” “Hospitals and Health Networks,” “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.

Feel free to contact Dr. Cohen for any questions you may have.