Dr. Cook’s training has been extensive and began with an undergraduate degree in biology from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he also received a minor degree in studio art primarily concentrating on sculpture. Following his bachelor’s degree, Dr. Cook obtained a master’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from Tulane University after receiving a scholarship and teaching assistantship. Dr. Cook then obtained his medical degree at the Tulane University Medical School with acceptance into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Following his medical degree, Dr. Cook underwent his neurosurgical training at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, Maryland. During his residency, Dr. Cook obtained extensive experience in the management of cerebral and spinal trauma at the prestigious Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and received specialized training in spinal surgery at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, Maryland under Dr. Reginald Davis. Following his residency, Dr. Cook entered into a private neurosurgical practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he remained for two years. From Albuquerque, Dr. Cook moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming where he remained in a private neurosurgical setting for 10 years while supporting an ACS-certified level II trauma center. In 2014, Dr. Cook relocated to Austin Texas where he remains in a private neurosurgery practice having joined Dr. Richard Stovall.
Dr. Cook is an active member of multiple neurosurgical societies and has been board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery since 2007. He was previously a clinical faculty member of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado and an adjunct clinical faculty member of the Family Medicine/Neurosurgery Department of the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences. Dr. Cook has also served as a board member for the Cheyenne Surgical Center and the Laramie County Library Foundation.
Dr. Cook practices a broad spectrum of spinal and cranial neurosurgery with a strong emphasis on the conservative and operative management of spinal disorders. He strives to remain current on new surgical techniques and is actively involved in the evaluation and development of new spinal technologies. He has extensive experience in all aspects of spinal surgeries including cervical and lumbar fusions, cervical disk replacements, non-fusion stabilization devices and sacroiliac fusions. In addition, Dr. Cook has a keen interest in neuromodulation, which includes spinal and peripheral nerve stimulation for pain control, and has played an active role in the education of physicians across the country and is a consultant for several different spinal instrumentation and neuromodulation companies.
Dr. Cook is dedicated to providing the appropriate conservative and operative management of all spinal and neurosurgical ailments and strives to fully educate patients of their management options and expected outcomes.