Elizabeth Cohen: The Empowered Patient

Elizabeth Cohen: The Empowered Patient


A baby is born in the NICU of a top-rated Atlanta hospital. Despite the doctor telling the mother that no more sedatives would be administered, and no more spinal taps would be inserted, the orders were not sent, and the same treatment was continued. The mother of this child is Elizabeth Cohen, a senior reporter of public health for CNN. Cohen learned in that situation that while systems run smoothly, mistakes are inevitable, and communication is never perfect.

From this experience, Cohen began writing and informing others about the duty of self-advocacy. When something feels wrong in your gut, go with that instinct. Without bashing doctors or nurses, Cohen empowers patients that their care is also in their hands. It is possible to know when you are not being taken care of without blaming individuals in the process.

Elizabeth Cohen is a Master of Public Health and has reported on nearly every major medical story during her tenure at CNN. She takes a fact-based approach, makes this information understandable to the masses, and aims to empower them to make the best decisions for their care. She is the author of the national bestseller The Empowered Patient, which tells the tale that has fueled her revamped passion for advocacy this decade.

To learn more about how patient advocacy has shaped healthcare and analysis of the ever-changing industry, see Elizabeth Cohen’s speaker profile here.

Elizabeth Cohen is senior medical correspondent for CNN’s Health, Medical and Wellness unit. Her signature digital column the Empowered Patient keeps consumers informed on how to ensure the best medical care for themselves and their families. In her speeches she gives crucial advice on getting the best health care possible in an imperfect system, balancing family and career, and analyzes health care reform.