OU Health named its new Chief Surgical Officer for Cancer Services on Wednesday.
Dr. Michael Cookson is not only the chief of urology for the Stephenson Cancer Center, he also chairs the Department of Urology in the OU College of Medicine.
"We are excited to announce Dr. Cookson’s new leadership positions for OU Health as a whole and for Stephenson Cancer Center," said John Zubialde, M.D., Executive Dean of the OU College of Medicine. "His extensive experience in surgical innovations, and his commitment to research-driven patient care, will propel our enterprise as we expand the services we provide to patients across Oklahoma and beyond."
As Chief Surgical Officer for Cancer Services for both OU Health and Stephenson Cancer Center, Cookson will oversee the breadth of surgical options for children and adults with all types of cancer. One of every six Oklahomans seeking cancer treatment is cared for at Stephenson Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center.
"I am excited about this opportunity to lead our cancer surgical mission at OU Health," Cookson said. "OU Health is poised for growth in all areas of our mission, and we are eager to serve even more patients with the services that only a comprehensive academic healthcare system can provide."