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Jeffrey Coben

Associate VP for Clinical Innovations, Planning & Operations
West Virginia University
Suite 1040 HSC South
Box: 9100




Associate Vice President for Clinical Innovations, Planning & Operations
Vice Dean for Operations, School of Medicine
Administration (HSC)

Interim Dean
Leadership (SPH)

Health Policy, Management, and Leadership (SPH)

Emergency Medicine (SOM)

Attending Physician
Emergency Department (WVUM)
Clinical Faculty


MD, University of Pittsburgh, 1984

Dr. Coben graduated with honors from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. After graduation, he undertook residency training in emergency medicine and internal medicine at Northwestern University Medical Center. Since 1980, he has maintained continuous certification by both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Coben’s career has included previous academic appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, where he founded and directed the Center for Injury Research and Control, and as Assistant Dean at the Philadelphia-based institution that developed into the Drexel School of Public Health. 

Dr. Coben has achieved international recognition for his accomplishments in the field of injury prevention and control. He is the only individual to ever serve as director of a CDC-supported injury control research center at two different academic institutions (WVU and the University of Pittsburgh). He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Commission Against Drunk Driving, the U.S. Office of Women’s Health Advisory Committee for Violence Against Women, and as Senior Scholar-in-Residence for Domestic Violence at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. His research and health improvement projects utilize clinical, epidemiological, and health services research methods.

Dr. Coben is a tenured Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine within the WVU School of Medicine, and in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership within the WVU School of Public Health. Since joining WVU in 2004, he has served as Director of the Center for Rural Emergency Medicine, Director of the Injury Control Research Center, and Vice Chair for Research within the Department of Emergency Medicine. He has also directed multiple statewide health improvement initiatives including several Medicaid Transformation grants and the West Virginia State Innovation Model Design award. In addition to his role as Associate Vice President for Clinical Innovations, Planning and Operations within WVU Health Sciences Center, he also currently serves as the Vice Dean for Operations in the School of Medicine, and as Interim Dean for the School of Public Health.


Ruby Memorial Hospital — Health Sciences Campus

Special Training

Emergency Medicine
Northwestern University

Board Certifications

American Board of Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine


Emergency Medicine
Internal Medicine