Dr. Daniel Cooke is a neurointerventional radiologist – a specialist in the use of imaging technologies and endovascular surgery – who cares for adults and children with stroke and other vascular disorders. He has a special focus on brain aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), atherosclerosis (the buildup of fatty substances in arteries) and vascular anomalies.
Cooke is chief of neurointerventional radiology at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Cooke's research focuses on the genetics and medical management of brain and spine vascular disorders, including aneurysms, AVMs, arteriovenous fistulas (abnormal connections between arteries and veins) and atherosclerosis. Along with Dr. Zhengda Sun, he has pioneered methods for collecting cells from inside arteries and veins, facilitating genetic analysis of single cells. These efforts enhance understanding of potential causes of vascular diseases and can help the medical community develop new treatments for patients with limited conventional options as well as nonsurgical alternatives for those who might have otherwise undergone an operation.
Cooke earned his medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine, where he graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed a residency in radiology and a fellowship in neuroradiology at the University of Washington, followed by a fellowship in neurointerventional radiology at UCSF.
Cooke is a member of the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery, American Society of Neuroradiology and Radiological Society of North America.
Cooke is involved in efforts to bring advanced medical imaging tools to regions of the developing world. He is a member of the education initiative Health4TheWorld as well as a supporter of the work done by Dr. Melanie Walker of the University of Washington, who promotes excellence in neurointerventional practices overseas.