Gary Cohen, Co-Founder and President
Health Care Without Harm at The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charleston, Massachusetts, one of the first hospitals built embracing Cohen's advocacy of self-sustaining, environmentally responsible healthcare networks.

Gary Cohen, Co-Founder and President Health Care Without Harm at The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charleston, Massachusetts, one of the first hospitals built embracing Cohen's advocacy of self-sustaining, environmentally responsible healthcare networks.

It’s an unsettling irony of healthcare: the sector charged to “do no harm” is also one of the world’s top polluters of fossil fuels, chemicals and dangerous air pollutants. For Gary Cohen, founder of the Reston, VA.-based Health Care Without Harm and winner of a 2015 MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, that irony prompted action that has led to changes worldwide in healthcare practices. From the elimination of mercury thermometers, to waste reduction and greater efficiency in operating rooms, Cohen’s work has reached clinics in the most remote parts of the world. Kojo talks with Cohen about how hospitals can work more sustainably amid climate change, and he learns how one local hospital system is working to make its practices greener.

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  • Gary Cohen President and Founder, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth; 2015 MacArthur Fellow
  • Seema Wadhwa Assistant Vice President of Sustainability and Wellness, Inova Health System

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