Arthur J. Cohen, JD. MD. MBA.

Medical Mediation & Conflict Resolution Specialist

Medical Mediation offers a constructive pathway to the solution of medical staff issues,
medical malpractice claims, personal injury claims, medical practice and business issues.

Law and Medicine interface in many areas; medical practice conflicts, medical negligence, medical staff issues, personal injury and quality of care issues.

These issues are complex and contentious.

The early use of a mediator experienced in the practice of medicine and law has particular advantages.

Medical Staff Issues

These are contentious cases. I have served on Hospital Staff Committees for 26 years. During this period I have participated in "Ad Hoc" reviews, defended physicians and reviewed medical records voluntarily for the State of Florida. I am able to function as an objective reviewer of fact as well as an objective mediator. This approach will generally allow the parties to arrive at a more mutually satisfactory solution to these contentious hearing.

Medical practice "Divorces"

Mediation of practice Disputes rather than litigation is a less expensive and faster method of resolving practice differences. Whether the goal is to separate or re-negotiate a practice relationship, my background of actively practicing medicine and possessing both a law and business degree enable me to act a facilitator in the resolution of these conflicts.

Medical Malpractice and personal Injury

Being a primary physician exposes me to many different types of patients who have suffered an injury. As a treating physician a family Doctor has to be able to treat the "whole" patient. This has provided a great deal of experience which can be applied to personal injury and malpractice cases in an objective fashion.

About

With active practices in both Law and Medicine I bring both a unique perspective to these conflicts and special expertise to the resolution of complex medico-legal issues.
Experience, on a day to day basis, in the practice of Medicine and Law provides special insights into alternate dispute resolution as a means of resolving, in a non-litigious fashion, these conflicts.

Education
Undergraduate

New York University

New York, NY

Bachelor of Arts 1964

Continuing Education

Brooklyn Law School

Brooklyn, NY

Juris Doctor 1967

University Libre De Bruxelles

Brussels, Belgium

Bachelor of Science 1972

Medical School

University Libre de Bruxelles

Brussels, Belgium

Doctorate of Medicine 1976

Graduate

Nova University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Master of Business Administration 1994

Internship

Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Residency

Chestnut Hill Hospital

Philadelphia, PA

Family Practice 1976-1978

Licensures

Florida

Professional Society Memberships

American Academy of Family Practice

Florida Academy of Family Practice

Florida Bar Association

Manatee County Medical Society

Manatee County Bar Association

Professional Affiliations and Appointments

Chairman, Department of Medicine, Blake Memorial Hospital

Chairman, Finance Committee, American College of Legal Medicine

Past President, American College of Legal Medicine

Hospital Affiliations

Blake Memorial Hospital

Manatee Memorial Hospital

Certifications

Certified Mediator, Florida

Certified Health Care Risk Manager, Florida

Frequently Asked Questions Select a question to see its answer

Most civil (noncriminal) disputes can be mediated, including those involving contracts, leases, small business ownership, employment, and divorce. For example, a divorcing couple might mediate to work out a mutually agreeable child custody agreement, or estranged business partners might choose mediation to work out an agreement to divide their business. Nonviolent criminal matters, such as claims of verbal or other personal harassment, can also be successfully mediated.
Typical mediation cases, such as consumer claims, small business disputes, or auto accident claims, are usually resolved after a half day or, at most, a full day of mediation. Cases with multiple parties often last longer: Add at least an hour of mediation time for each additional party. Major business disputes -- those involving lots of money, complex contracts, or ending a partnership -- may last several days or more.
A mediator normally has no authority to render a decision. It's up to the parties themselves -- with the mediator's help -- to work informally toward their own agreement. An arbitrator, on the other hand, conducts a contested hearing between the parties and then, acting as a judge, rends a legally binding decision. Arbitration resembles a court proceeding: Each side calls witnesses, presents evidence, and makes arguments. Although arbitration has traditionally been used to resolve labor and commercial disputes, it is growing in popularity as a quicker and less expensive alternative to going to court.
While mediation is not as formal as going to court, the process is more structured than many people imagine. A typical mediation involves six distinct stages.
Mediator's Opening Statement: After the disputants are seated at a table, the mediator introduces everyone, explains the goals and rules of the mediation, and encourages each side to work cooperatively toward a settlement.
Disputants' Opening Statements: Each party is invited to describe, in his or her own words, what the dispute is about and how he or she has been affected by it, and to present some general ideas about resolving it. While one person is speaking, the other is not allowed to interrupt.
Joint Discussion: The mediator may try to get the parties talking directly about what was said in the opening statements. This is the time to determine what issues need to be addressed.
Private Caucuses: The private caucus is a chance for each party to meet privately with the mediator (usually in a nearby room) to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of his or her position, and new ideas for settlement. The mediator may caucus with each side just once or many times, as needed. These meetings are considered the guts of mediation.
Joint Negotiation: After caucuses, the mediator may bring the parties back together to negotiate directly.
Closing: This is the end of the mediation. If an agreement has been reached, the mediator may put its main provisions in writing as the parties listen. The mediator may ask each side to sign the written summary of agreement or suggest they take it to lawyers for review. If the parties want to, they can write up and sign a legally binding contract. If no agreement was reached, the mediator will review whatever progress has been made and advise everyone of their options, such as meeting again later, going to arbitration, or going to court.
In mediation, you and the opposing parties will work out a solution to your own dispute. Unless you freely agree, there will be no final resolution. This approach has several advantages over going to court:
Legal precedents or the whim of a judge will not dictate the solution.
If your dispute has undiscovered or undisclosed issues, mediation -- unlike a structured court battle -- gives you the opportunity and the flexibility to ferret them out.
Because mediation doesn't force disputants to undergo the fear and sometimes paranoia of the courtroom, -- where a judge or jury can stun either party with a big loss -- people who choose mediation tend to be more relaxed and open to compromise.
Much depends on the type of dispute you're involved in. Many cities have community mediation centers that do an excellent job of handling most types of routine disputes (consumer problems, neighbor disputes, landlord-tenant fights). For more complicated disputes (business termination, personal injury, breach of contract) it is often better to turn to a private mediation center. Some organizations, like JAMS/ENDISPUTE, the American Arbitration Association, and Judicate, offer mediation services nationwide, while a number of regional groups do a good job. Private divorce mediations are usually handled by sole practitioners or small local mediation groups. Get a list from the phone book and check references carefully.
All parties to a dispute must agree to mediate, so if one party refuses or isn't competent to participate, the case cannot be mediated. Mediation may also not be the best choice if:
One of the parties wants to set a legal precedent that interprets or defines the law according to its own point of view. Legal precedents cannot be set in mediation because mediation agreements do not establish who is "right" or "wrong," and mediation decisions apply only to the parties involved in that particular mediation.
A person believes he or she can win a huge verdict against a big company (or even a small company with a big bank account or plenty of insurance). Because of the tendency toward compromise in mediation, hitting a legal "jackpot" is more likely in a jury trial.
One person feels intimidated or intellectually overwhelmed by the other, in which case it's hard to arrive at a true meeting of the minds. It's often possible, however, to remedy a "power imbalance" by arranging for the more vulnerable person to participate with an adviser -- perhaps a lawyer.
In most mediations, you won't need a lawyer right there with you. This is because the parties are trying to work together to solve their problem -- not trying to convince a judge or arbitrator of their point of view -- and because mediation rules are few and straightforward. If your case involves substantial property or legal rights, however, you may want to consult with a lawyer before the mediation to discuss the legal consequences of possible settlement terms. You may also want to make a lawyer's approval a condition of any agreement you reach.

Contact

Phone:
941-751-2773

Address:
Arthur J. Cohen, JD. MD. MBA.
Medical Mediation Specialist
6108 26th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34207

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