Dr. Cooper is a Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (Mathematics & Biology) and an Honors graduate of New York University School of Medicine. In addition to completing Residencies and Chief Residencies in General Surgery (New York University Medical Center, The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics) and Thoracic Surgery (Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center), he also completed a Medical Staff Fellowship in the Surgery Branch of the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplantation at The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, UK. His research interests have included pioneering methods of immunosuppression for primate cardiac xenograft transplantation, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, spinal cord protection during thoracoabdominal aortic surgery, and extravascular lung water.
Dr. Cooper is a board certified Cardiovascular & Thoracic surgeon and a Fellow of theAmerican College of Surgeons (FACS). He has served as Departmental Chair of Surgery
and Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery at various hospitals, is a reviewer for multiple peer reviewed professional journals, and belongs to many professional societies. He has
published and presented extensively and is sought out for television and radio commentary about innovations and happenings in medicine.
Dr. Cooper has been Alley-Sheridan Scholar, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program in Health Care Policy, and has completed a
Comprehensive Workshop in Medical Simulation at the Harvard-MIT Center for Medical Simulation. He is a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner and Special Consultant to the Federal Air Surgeon. Dr. Cooper is also a flight instructor and aerobatic/air show performer and has a unique perspective based on expertise in Agile/Scrum, Six Sigma, Lean, Project Management, design innovation, and system evolution