Meet Dr. Cooper


SARASOTA, FLORIDA (941) 955-7060

Dr. Cooper was one of a handful of doctors accepted for a Cardiology Fellowship at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic, the #1 Hospital for cardiovascular diseases in the USA. The Cleveland Clinic Hospital is recognized for a number of major advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Heart Disease, including the first Coronary Angiogram, the first Coronary Bypass Surgery, the first use of Internal Mammary Bypass, the use of Mitral Valve Repair, and the development of the mechanical Left Heart Assist Device, among many advances. Dr. Cooper, while treating a large number of patients from all over the US and the world, continued his Doppler-Ultrasound research with the evaluation of artificial heart valves non-invasively.

After completing his Cardiology Fellowship, he subsequently did an additional Fellowship in Electrophysiology and Cardiac Pacing at the Cleveland Clinic. During this time he participated in the surgery of implantable defibrillators while they were still under development. For his work with pacemakers he was awarded the prestigious Young Investigator Award by the Heart Rhythm Society.

Dr. Cooper is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology, and additional qualification in Cardiac Pacing. He has published medical articles, participated in several research projects, and given lectures in Medical Congress venues in the USA, Israel and Brazil. Dr. Cooper is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He has attended the Harvard Medical School Internal Medicine Recertification.

Dr. Cooper was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dr. Cooper is multilingual and speaks English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish and Yiddish.

During his early years his family moved between New York City and Rio. While attending college, Dr. Cooper worked part-time as a Chemistry and Math teacher. He was admitted to the top medical school in Brazil, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He distinguished himself and early on received a research grant from the National Research Council to study the vascular effects of smoking in patients with Atherosclerosis and Diabetes. As a medical student, he entered the research field of clinical ultrasound, which was still under investigation in the mid 1970's. Dr. Cooper published many original medical articles and book chapters in Brazil and Spain before his graduation.

Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Cooper did a residency in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, where he practiced all aspects of general medicine at Buffalo General Hospital and Erie County Medical Center. During his residency, he was appointed as a clinical instructor for medical students.

Dr. Cooper established his cardiology and medical practice in Sarasota in 1987. Dr. Cooper was the first Electrophysiologist in Southwest Florida and developed the Electrophysiology Catheterization Lab of Sarasota Memorial and Doctor's Hospital. He performed the first Electrical Mapping of the Heart, Implantable Defibrillator surgery, and Radiofrequency Ablation of rapid heart beat in our area. Dr. Cooper became the Director of the Electrophysiology Lab of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He helped educate nurses and paramedics in Sarasota and Venice with the new technology of Electrophysiology. He started the Southwest Florida Patient Support Group for sudden death survivors with implantable defibrillators.

Dr. Cooper has been a career-long educator, first and foremost to his patients and to his medical team. He is the Associate Professor of Cardiology and Medicine of the Florida State University College of Medicine, Sarasota Campus, responsible for the Cardiology lectures and the training of medical students. Dr. Cooper was chosen by his peers and students to receive the FSU Outstanding Faculty Award.

Dr. Cooper volunteers his time to treat patients at the Community Free Health Clinic.

Dr. Cooper is married to Lisa a native of Liverpool, England. Lisa is a former Sarasota Memorial Hospital Clinical Manager, who now manages his practice. They have three young adult children.

Dr. Cooper's practice is now dedicated to a limited number of patients, for whom he provides Internal Medicine and Cardiology care. The Medical office is located within one block of the campus of Sarasota Memorial Hospital, serving Sarasota, Venice, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Lakewood Ranch.

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