Louis Zucker Cooper, MD

Title: Pediatrician, Educator
Company: College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
Location: New York, New York, United States

Louis Zucker Cooper, MD, Pediatrician and Educator at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pediatrics.

From Dr. Cooper’s earliest memory, he admired doctors in his family who took care of him, so he always wanted to be a physician. It evolved in academia because of his wanting to understand how some things happened. He was particularly interested in infectious disease. When he finished his military service, he applied for a public health fellowship in infectious disease with Dr. Whinestein. Dr. Cooper matriculated at Yale University, earning a BS in 1954 and a MD in 1957. Upon completion of his degree, he became an intern in medicine for the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital from 1957 to 1958. He then became a junior assistant resident in medicine at the Boston VA Hospital from 1958 to 1959. From there he joined the U.S. Air Force and served from 1959 to 1961 as a captain. After completing his service, he became a fellow in medicine and infectious disease at Tufts-New England Medical Center from 1961 to 1964.

The highlight of Dr. Cooper’s career was returning from the service at the time when his friend discovered the rubella virus. He got an opportunity to go work on a project at Bellevue Hospital in New York to develop a rubella vaccine. When he arrived, they had the largest epidemic and they collaborated and evaluated the early measles rubella vaccine. Dr. Cooper began his professional career at the School of Medicine at New York University as an instructor moving up to associate professor from 1964 to 1973. He left that position to become a director of pediatrics for Roosevelt Hospital, where he remained until 1981 and a professor of pediatrics for the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, where he remained until 2002. In 1981, Dr. Cooper became the director of pediatrics for St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center until 1998. As a testament to his success, Dr. Cooper has been listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Who’s Who in the East.

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