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A New Physician Joins the Elite Coastal Fertility Specialists Team
Dr. Heather Cook Becomes the Newest Member of the Leading Fertility Practice in the Southeast
By: Coastal Fertility Specialists
“I’m delighted to be joining such an esteemed team of physicians, nurses and staff,” says Dr. Cook. “Helping couples have a child they might not otherwise be able to conceive is my life’s work and I feel privileged to be able to achieve this at Coastal Fertility Specialists.”
With the addition of their third physician, Dr. Cook, Coastal Fertility continues their commitment to the best patient-centered care and boasts the highest pregnancy rates of any fertility clinic in the state and received the highest patient satisfaction award for all of IntegraMed affiliated practices nationwide. Additionally, the Center’s new high complexity laboratory recently received the nation’s highest level laboratory accreditation.
Dr. Cook completed medical school at the USC Keck School of Medicine Los Angeles, graduating with highest distinction. She was recruited back to UCLA for both her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Cook is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG).
She is an active member of both the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI). Dr. Cook has extensive research experience and has focused on immunology in reproductive disorders, In Vitro Fertilization, embryo development and assessment, oocyte (egg) donation, embryo cryopreservation (freezing), and recurrent pregnancy loss. She has authored numerous papers in leading medical journals, including “Fertility and Sterility” and “Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics”, and is a four-time presenter at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting. Dr. Cook has also spent time at the National Institute of Health (NIH), publishing a manuscript on uterine fibroids and reproductive outcome with some of the top researchers in the field.
With a commitment to teaching, Dr. Cook has been very involved in lecturing and mentorship for residents and medical students at both UCLA and Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and now as a faculty member at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Cook’s educational path has garnered her numerous awards in both academics and medical training such as the Baxter Foundation Research Grant and USC Top Merit scholarship. Additionally, she was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Society where she served as president of the USC chapter, and holds memberships in the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Lambda Delta honors societies.
Heather Cook has been married to her husband, Brant, for the past 8 years and they have two children, Mackenzie and Cooper.