David Cooper, MA, PhD, MD, MS, DSc(Med), FRCS, FACS, FACC, FAST
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DAVID K. C. COOPER, MA, PhD, MD, MS, DSc(Med), FRCS, FACS, FACC, FAST Professor of Surgery and Co-Director, Xenotransplantation Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham David Cooper studied medicine in the UK at Guy’s Hospital Medical School (now part of King’s College London), and trained in general and cardiothoracic surgery in Cambridge and London. Between 1972 and 1980, he was a Fellow and Director of Studies in Medical Sciences at Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1980 he took up an appointment in cardiac surgery at the University of Cape Town where, under Professor Christiaan Barnard, he had responsibility for patients undergoing heart transplantation. In 1987, he relocated to the Oklahoma Transplantation Institute in the USA where he continued to work in both the clinical and research fields. After 17 years as a surgeon-scientist, he decided to concentrate on research, initially at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, subsequently at the University of Pittsburgh, and now at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (since 2016). His major interest is in developing cross-species transplantation with the aim of using pigs as sources of organs, cells, and corneas for transplantation in humans. Professor Cooper has published more than 900 medical and scientific papers and chapters, has authored or edited 18 books, has given more than 350 invited presentations worldwide, and received several awards for his work.
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