Bernard Allan Cohen obtained his Ph.D. degree from the graduate school of Marquette University in 1975 in biomedical engineering focusing on classical clinical neurophysiology. In conjunction with the School of Medicine, his research and dissertations have concentrated on the analysis of electrical activity of the brain and nervous system using computers. His entire career has been devoted to his research work involving analysis of electrical activity of the brain and nervous system. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Dr. Cohen has been a member of the faculty of the Emory University Medical School, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He is an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He is Founder and Managing Director of Neurological Monitoring Associates, LLC, in private practice focusing exclusively on intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM). His group covers more than 25 hospitals. He has published over 100 papers and book chapters, has presented his work at national and international meetings and is a frequently invited speaker both nationally and internationally. Through his Global Humanitarian Neuromonitoring efforts he has taught IONM methods around the world and has helped nurture new programs and societies in their development stages. These charitable efforts have brought neuromonitoring to underdeveloped countries and medical centers where the capabilities have not been achieved.
Dr. Cohen is a Fellow of both the American Society for Neurophysiological Monitoring and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. He is Certified in Neurological Intraoperative Monitoring by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists. He was the first person in Wisconsin to receive the prestigious designation as Diplomate of the American Board of Neurophysiological Monitoring. He has twice been elected President of the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring leading the society through many innovative advances in both governance and prominence. He is currently the IEEE-EMBS Chairman of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee. He serves the North American Spine Society on the Membership Committee, the Finance Committee and the Evidence-Based Guidelines Committee.