Dr. Cookson named urology chair at Oklahoma

August 27, 2013

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City has appointed Michael Shawn Cookson, MD, MMHC, as professor and chairman of the department of urology. He will hold the Donald Albers Endowed Chair in Urology.

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City has appointed Michael Shawn Cookson, MD, MMHC, as professor and chairman of the department of urology. He will hold the Donald Albers Endowed Chair in Urology.

Dr. Cookson has spent the past 15 years at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where his positions included vice chairman of clinical affairs in the department of urology and director of the urologic oncology fellowship. In 2009, Dr. Cookson earned his Master of Management in Health Care degree from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management.

He is an author of 184 peer-reviewed journal publications and 27 chapters of various textbooks in urology and urologic surgery. He is one of 75 active members of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, and numerous other national professional societies and committees. Dr. Cookson has been recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to urologic oncology.

He received his Doctor of Medicine with high honors degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his general surgery internship and urology residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. This was followed by a fellowship in urologic oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Cookson served on the faculty of the University of Kentucky School of Medicine in Lexington for 2 years before joining Vanderbilt in 1998.

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