Jeffrey Coben, M.D.

Dean, School of Public Health, West Virginia University

Jeffrey Coben, MD, serves as associate vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Public Health at West Virginia University, as well as a tenured professor, with joint appointments in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine.   

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. 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.

Since joining West Virginia University in 2007, he has served as director of the Center for Rural Emergency Medicine, director of the Injury Control Research Center, vice chair for research in emergency medicine, associate dean for operations in the School of Medicine, and associate vice president for clinical innovations, planning and operations for the Health Sciences Center. He has directed multiple statewide health improvement initiatives, including several Medicaid Transformation grants and the West Virginia State Innovation Model Design initiative.

Originally from Philadelphia, Dr. Coben 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.