Michael H. Cohen

Michael H. Cohen

American writer, speaker and lawyer.
Country: USA

Biography of Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen is an American writer, speaker, and lawyer who has managed to combine several diverse fields into his work. He is known as a lawyer, a doctor, and a theologian. Cohen has authored a series of books that intertwine these three areas, creating unique and compelling models.

Cohen is best known as the founder of the Michael H. Cohen Law Group and a former professor at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. He has written extensively on the legal and technical aspects of healthcare.

After completing law school, Cohen worked as a clerk for Judge Thomas P. Griesa in the southern district of New York. He then transitioned to corporate and financial law as an employee at the Davis Polk & Wardwell firm in New York. However, Cohen developed an interest in yoga, hypnotherapy, and energy healing practices, which led him to explore these areas in addition to his legal career.

Eventually, Cohen left his legal practice and became a professor of law and medicine. He later returned to active legal practice by founding the Michael H. Cohen Law Group. The firm focused on healthcare law, including regulatory compliance for telemedicine, legal aspects of integrative and alternative medicine, laws governing the quality of food and drugs, and the Federal Trade Commission's regulations in the healthcare industry.

Cohen earned multiple degrees from Columbia University, the University of California Law School, the University of California Business School, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He obtained a Bachelor's degree, Juris Doctor, Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Fine Arts.

During his time as a law student, Cohen worked for the California Law Review and served as an editor for one of its publications. In 2000, Cohen became an assistant professor at both Harvard schools, and he was the first lawyer to hold a full-time position at the Harvard Medical School. He received National Institutes of Health awards in 2002, 2003, and 2004 for his scientific contributions to biomedicine and healthcare.

Cohen also served as the director of legal programs at the research and educational group of the Harvard Medical School, focusing on integrative and alternative medicine. He advised the National Academy of Sciences committee on research in this field. Cohen also served as the president of the Institute for Integrative and Energy Medicine in Newport Beach, California.

In addition to his work in law and medicine, Cohen collaborated with the Harvard Divinity School, becoming a member of the Center for the Study of World Religions. He completed his seminary studies in New York and was ordained as an interfaith minister by Rabbi Joseph Gelberman. Cohen explored spirituality through practices such as yoga, which complemented his interests in religion, medicine, and law.

Cohen published his first book, "Creative Writing for Lawyers," in 1990, aiming to help lawyers tap into their talents as fiction writers. He believed that legal and literary writing shared many similarities. In his second book, "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives," published in 1998, Cohen analyzed the current state of legal norms surrounding several medical topics. His third book, "Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Human Evolution," published in 2000, explored various cultures, beliefs, and life goals within the context of medical issues.

In 2002, Cohen released "Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health Care and Healing in Human Transformation." This book anticipated potential problems that could arise in traditional and non-traditional medicine, examining complex ethical and legal issues that could become increasingly relevant in the future. In 2006, his book "Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion" aimed to create a bridge between traditional and non-traditional medicine.

Throughout his career, Cohen demonstrated how applying practical and ethical norms to specific concepts can lead to unexpected consequences. Despite the lack of popularity of these concepts in mainstream medicine, Cohen's work has provided valuable insights and perspectives in the field.