Michael H. Cohen is an American attorney, speaker and writer. He is the founder of the Michael H. Cohen Law Group and a former professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. Cohen has authored books on healthcare law and policy.
After law school Cohen served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Thomas P. Griesa in the Southern District of New York. Cohen began his legal career as a corporate, securities, and M&A attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City. At the same time Cohen began training as a seminarian, yogi, Ericksonian hypnotherapist, and energy healer. He left the legal practice to become a professor of law and medicine, and returned later to found the Michael H. Cohen Law Group. The firm specializes in healthcare legal services such as telemedicine regulatory compliance, integrative & complementary medicine legal issues, FDA & FTC law, and other areas of healthcare law. Cohen Legal Network, Inc., located at the same office in Beverly Hills, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy dissolution in 2015.
Cohen has a BA from Columbia University, a JD from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. While in law school he was a member of the California Law Review where he served as the Book Review Editor for volume 74. He also taught as a law professor following several years of law practice. Cohen served as an Assistant Professor of Health Law and Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School starting in 2000. He was the first attorney in history to become a full-time faculty member at the Harvard Medical School. In 2002, 2003, and 2004 Cohen was the recipient of a National Institutes of Health award for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health Publications.
Cohen served as Director of Legal Programs at Harvard Medical School Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, and was awarded a Fortieth Anniversary Senior Fellowship at the Center for the Study of World Religions within Harvard Divinity School. Cohen has served as the committee Consultant for the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public, and was the president of the Institute for Integrative and Energy Medicine in Newport Beach, California.
In addition to his teaching career in the field of healthcare law and policy, Cohen is a graduate of the New Seminary in New York City and an ordained interfaith minister. While at the New Seminary, Cohen studied under Rabbi Joseph Gelberman. He is also a yoga practitioner and author of articles for yoga instructors as well as medical and legal professionals.
Cohen's first book was Creative Writing for Lawyers, which was published in 1990. The book was intended to draw the natural fictional talents of lawyers, with the idea that legal and fictional writing are compatible genres. He next authored the book Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives in 1998. JAMA Ethics, reviewing the book, wrote that it “transverses the current legal terrain of alternative medicine in the United States” to analyze legal issues such as licensing, malpractice, standard of care, and access to care.
Cohen then authored the book Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Human Evolution in 2000. Dr. Wayne Jonas reviewed the book in the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges stating that, "Cohen poses many of the hard questions that arise at the interfaces of different cultures, beliefs, and goals ... he points out the consequences of applying legal and ethical principles to concepts and assumptions not usually discussed in conventional circles yet used and believed daily by the public."
In 2002 Cohen authored the book Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health Care and Healing in Human Transformation. Health Affairs reviewer Dr. Clyde B. Jensen stated that the book, "makes at least three valuable contributions to the integration of conventional and complementary medicine. First ... the book identifies many of the legal and ethical issues that will emerge in the future [within] complementary and alternative medicine ... Second, [it] implies that conventional and complementary health care may not be two divergent forms of health care, but rather, similar forms of health care functioning on different parts of a health care continuum. ... Third, [it] emphasizes the importance of the spirit in healing and health." In 2006, Cohen authored the book Legal Issues in Integrative Medicine: A Guide for Clinicians, Hospitals, and Patients.
Cohen then authored the book Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion in 2006. Dr. Joshua Grossman reviewed the book in the Journal of the National Medical Association, writing that Cohen had provided "the outstanding text that I wished I had available to me years ago" and that navigated the "exquisitely challenging interface between conventional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine with ... skill, caring and concern". That year Cohen also authored a chapter in the book Religion And Psychology: New Research entitled "Some Implications of Integrated Health Care for Religion, Psychology, and the Humanities". In addition he coauthored the book The Practice of Integrative Medicine: A Legal and Operational Guide in 2006.
In addition to his books, chapters, and law review articles, he has also written articles in medical journals including Archives of Internal Medicine the Annals of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He is also the author of the ABA Journal's Complementary & Alternative Medicine Law Blog.Creative Writing for Lawyers (Citadel Press, 1990)
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998)
Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Human Evolution (University of Michigan Press, 2000)
Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health Care and Healing in Human Transformation (University of Michigan Press, 2002)
Legal Issues in Integrative Medicine: A Guide for Clinicians, Hospitals, and Patients (National Acupuncture Foundation, 2006)
Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion (University of North Carolina Press, 2006)
The Practice of Integrative Medicine: A Legal and Operational Guide (Springer Publishing Company, 2006)