Zara Cooper, MD, MSc
Deputy Director, Strategy and Partnerships, CSPH
Associate Surgeon, Division of Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Zara Cooper, MD, MSc is an acute care surgeon, trauma surgeon, and surgical intensivist certified in palliative medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston. She was born and raised in New York City, received her undergraduate education at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and received her medical degree and Master of Science in Community Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Dr. Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and a recipient of the BWH President’s Young Investigators Award and the BWH Faculty Development Award. Her research focuses on improving end-of-life and palliative care as well as reducing non-beneficial care in critically ill surgical patients through improved patient-provider communication. Her work also seeks to eliminate racial and income disparities in the treatment of critically ill surgical patients.
Current research efforts aim to better understand how the surgical informed consent process influences care delivered to critically ill surgical patients; developing tools to predict which patients will have prolonged ICU stay after surgery, and efforts to improve pre-operative advanced care planning. She is also heavily involved in ethics and palliative care education for surgical residents.
Dr. Cooper completed her general surgery residency and critical care fellowship at BWH and completed a Trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington in Seattle. She has been on the staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 2008.
Dr. Cooper's Research Profile and Publications
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