Richard Cook is a physician, researcher, and educator. He received his BA degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI shortly after the invention of the telephone. After a misspent career in the computer industry, he went to medical school at the University of Cincinnati and, much to the surprise of the faculty there, was awarded the MD degree in 1986. He practiced anesthesiology and trained students and residents a the University of Chicago and Ohio State University. He published many papers and book chapters that no one reads. From 2012 to 2015 he was the first professor of Healthcare System Safety at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He failed to learn Swedish. He is currently a technology consultant for Adaptive Capacity Labs and spends most of his time trying to remember what day it is and where he is supposed to be.