Originally from Ohio, Dr. Cook attended Purdue University and earned a degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1993. He then attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, followed by a six-year General Surgery residency and Surgical Research Fellowship at The Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He is certified by The American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
After completing surgical residency and fellowship in 2003, Dr. Cook practiced for a decade in Charlotte, NC with Carolinas Healthcare System. His interest in medical staff leadership led to positions including Chairman of Surgery, Medical Staff Vice President, Chairman of Credentials and others at Carolinas Medical Center – Union. He led the transition to electronic health records (EHR) at his hospital and practice and has a passion in leveraging emerging technology to improve patient care. Over his career, he has received numerous awards for excellence in patient care. He and his family returned to Northern Virginia/DC area in 2014 where he joined the medical faculty at George Washington University. Dr. Cook was proud to join Surgical Specialists of Northern Virginia in September 2017.
Dr. Cook is experienced in all aspects of general, gastrointestinal, trauma, and abdominal wall reconstructive surgery including advanced laparoscopic and robotic techniques and strives to implement the latest technology to make surgery more safe and effective. He is passionate about patient safety, teamwork, and treating patients with empathy and humility.
Dr. Cook loves spending his free time with his wife and children, playing drums, reading, photography, and building/flying radio controlled aircraft with his son, Jimmy. Both he and his son are FAA-certified unmanned aircraft pilots. He is an accomplished drummer and is fortunate to have played with many jazz and blues greats during his college years. Most of all, Dr. Cook loves being a surgeon and helping people who can benefit from advancing technologies such as robotic-assisted surgery leading to less pain and faster recovery.