Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS, Appointed Associate Chair for Faculty Development

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS, has been appointed associate chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Cooper has responsibility for supporting the career development of the faculty members of the Department of Surgery (DOS) through direct interactions, contributions to DOS and Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization (BWPO) policy development and the mentoring of mentors within the DOS.

Zara Cooper, MD

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS
Associate Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Deputy Director, Strategy and Partnerships, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS, is an acute care surgeon, trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Dr. Cooper is an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, deputy director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships at the Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH) at BWH and associate faculty at Ariadne Labs in Boston, MA. A graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Cooper completed her General Surgery Residency and Critical Care Fellowship at BWH; a Trauma Fellowship at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington in Seattle; and training in hospice and palliative medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and BWH.

Dr. Cooper’s research aims to improve palliative and geriatric care for older seriously ill surgical patients. A national leader in surgical palliative care and geriatric trauma, she has authored over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts, chapters, and abstracts and lectures nationally about surgical care in complex older patients.

Dr. Cooper is currently funded through the National Institutes of Aging Paul B. Beeson Leadership in Aging Award, the Cambia Foundation Sojourns Scholarship and is a co-investigator on multiple federally funded grants. She is chair of the Prevention Committee for the American Association of the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), on the Executive Council of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) and serves on the Geriatrics Task Force and Palliative Care Committee for the American College of Surgeons (ACS).