Clinical Associate Professor Michael Cooper
Clinical Associate Professor Michael Cooper is a gynaecologist in private practice in Sydney and affiliated with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sydney University. He is currently a Visiting Medical Officer and Head of Gynaecology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Head of Gynaecology at St Luke's Hospital, has an appointment at St Vincent's Private Hospital and is accredited at Genea (formerly Sydney IVF) for assisted conception/IVF. (See current success rates greater than national average). He operates periodically in Hong Kong.
His major interest is in the treatment of endometriosis particularly requiring advanced surgical and/or assisted conception techniques (IVF). He is a strong advocate of specialist endometriosis management teams. Ideally the surgeon should also be able to perform IVF rather than simply referring on as at times the decision making can be quite complex and the experience of the doctor may dictate the management plan. Understanding that the cause of endometriosis is unknown and that the treatment is not just surgery he encourages his patients to be involved in their own care. Diet, exercise, lifestyle and programs such as "mindfulness" can all assist in managing the condition.
He regularly updates his blog page and tweets on issues related to endometriosis and medicine. Look up his recent post - Should we expand the definition of endometriosis? See his recent talk on endometriosis and fertility at the EndoActive conference. A recent interview in The Huffington Post.
A/Prof Cooper graduated from Sydney University in 1984 and received his Fellowship qualification in 1995. He spent extensive time training in endoscopic (keyhole) surgery in Europe, the United Kingdom and America. He initiated one of the early endoscopic training centres for gynaecologists in Australia and is regularly involved in workshops to train other doctors and students. He is part of the SWEC team who train other surgeons on a regular basis. A/Prof Cooper has been the author of over 50 articles and book chapters published both in Australia and internationally and has spoken widely within Australia and overseas. He has been an invited surgeon to many hospitals in Australia and Asia and currently operates in Hong Kong on an occasional basis. He is accredited to perform advanced level laparoscopic surgery at RPAH and in Hong Kong.
He was previously a Board Member of the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society and a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy. He has been an advisor to the World Heath Organisation on research and training in gynaecological endoscopic surgery.
When not working his interests are his family, cycling, sailing and the outdoors.
A/Prof Cooper has performed over 4500 advanced laparoscopic procedures including over 1500 cases of excision of endometriosis.
In a recent blog he details an almost 75% pregnancy rate in infertile women with severe endometriosis.
His experience in excision of endometriosis cases to end May 2016 is:
Further information: Case load, complication and surgical audit data - Click here.
Research and Fundraising
A/Prof Cooper is involved with ongoing research into endometriosis in collaboration with the University of Sydney.
For fundraising opportunities for endometriosis research and awareness see the document below or you can use the online form and under "Purpose" choose Endometriosis Research.
Thanks for the support!