Chief, Pulmonary Section, Department of Veterans Affairs

Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy, Department of Veterans Affairs

Areas of Interest
COPD, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, Occupational Medicine

Dr. Cooper is a board-certified internist and pulmonologist. He currently sits on the board for Pulmonary Diseases of ABIM. He is Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama Medical School and Chief of the Pulmonary Section at the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was Director for the University of Alabama Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Training Program for 15 years and has received multiple teaching awards from the university.

Currently, Dr. Cooper serves on two Institutional Review Boards, one at the Birmingham VAMC and the for the entire Veterans Affairs human research program (VA Central IRB). He has been involved in basic and clinical research through his entire career. He has received research funding through NIH and VA as well as other organizations.

Dr. Cooper earned his medical degree at Duke University, completed a medical internship at the University of Washington and residency at the University of Virginia. He completed fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Yale University prior to joining the faculty there, before moving to the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

He currently is funded through the NIH for clinical research in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Dr. Cooper was initially involved with basic science research when he came to UAB.  This research focused on control of acute lung inflammation. He subsequently has transitioned to clinical research focused on treatment of patients with COPD. He is principal investigator for the Long term Oxygen Treatment Trial (LOTT) funded through the NIH and is co-PI on the NIH funded COPD Clinical Research Network. He is also Local Site Investigator examining efficacy of corticosteroids in severe community acquired pneumonia funded by the VA Cooperative Studies Program.  He is PI currently and in the past on numerous industry-funded clinical trials as well.

Education & Training

Medical School
Duke University, Durham, N.C.

University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle WA

University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA

Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Contact Information


VAMC 6-C-125

Office Phone
(205) 934-1339

(205) 558-4765

Beeper #

Christy Shinn
(205) 975-8978

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