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Medical Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Medical Director, Cardiac Anesthesia Recovery Unit

Co-Director, Center for Acute Care Nephrology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


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My Biography & Research


Dr. Cooper is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care. He is currently the Heart Institute safety officer, co-director of the Center for Acute Care Nephrology, director of the Cardiac ECMO Program and associate medical director of the CICU at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Cooper's career over the past 10 years has focused on the care of critically ill neonates, infants, children, adolescents and adults with complex congenital heart disease (CHD). He has a particular interest in how care in the intensive care unit can impact morbidity with a specific interest in hematologic, infectious and renal morbidities. Additionally, Dr. Cooper has had extensive involvement with the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4), including the development of the PC4 CICU database that will be used to track outcomes and improve outcomes for patients with critical cardiac disease.

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Clinical Interests

Pediatric cardiac critical care; patient safety; extracorporeal life support

Research Interests

Acute/chronic kidney injury; anticoagulation on extracorporeal support; abnormal sleep patterns in patients with congenital heart disease; antibiotic stewardship in the CVICU; correlation of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and outcome in the cardiovascular intensive care unit; quality and outcomes in the CICU 

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Nephrology - Acute Care, Heart, Cardiac Intensive Care

Research Divisions


My Education

MD: University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida, 1996.

MPH: University of South Florida College of Public Health, Tampa, Florida, 1999.

Residency: All Children’s Hospital, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL.

Fellowships: Cardiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH; Critical Care, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, UT Southwestern, Dallas, Texas.

Certifications: American Board of Pediatrics; American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board of Pediatric Cardiology; American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board of Pediatric Critical Care.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Higher Flow on Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Pediatrics Is Associated With a Lower Incidence of Acute Kidney Injury. Reagor, JA; Clingan, S; Gao, Z; Morales, DL S; Tweddell, JS; Bryant, R; Young, W; Cavanaugh, J; Cooper, DS. Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2020; 32:1015-1020.

Central Venous Catheter Utilization and Complications in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU: A Report from the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4)∗. DiPietro, LM; Gaies, M; Banerjee, M; Donohue, JE; Zhang, W; DeSena, HC; Graham, EM; Sasaki, J; Moga, M; Prodhan, P; et al. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2020; 21:729-737.

Outcomes of Pediatric Patients Treated with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Intractable Supraventricular Arrhythmias. Ghaleb, S; Thiagarajan, RR; Cooper, DS; Czosek, RJ. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2020; 21:e547-e556.

Fluid overload and fluid removal in pediatric patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation requiring continuous renal replacement therapy: a multicenter retrospective cohort study. Gorga, SM; Sahay, RD; Askenazi, DJ; Bridges, BC; Cooper, DS; Paden, ML; Zappitelli, M; Gist, KM; Gien, J; Basu, RK; et al. Pediatric Nephrology. 2020; 35:871-882.

Pre-operative neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio predicts low cardiac output in children after cardiac surgery. Iliopoulos, I; Alder, MN; Cooper, DS; Villarreal, EG; Loomba, R; Sahay, RD; Fei, L; Steele, PE; Flores, S. Cardiology in the Young. 2020; 30:521-525.

Clinically Asymptomatic Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Infants with Single-Ventricle Physiology. Stamm, RW; Henry, BM; Sawnani, H; Simakajornboon, N; Rulong, G; Ollberding, NJ; Hanke, SP; Dye, TJ; Cooper, DS. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 218:92-97.

Acute kidney injury, fluid overload, and outcomes in children supported with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for a respiratory indication. Mallory, PP; Selewski, DT; Askenazi, DJ; Cooper, DS; Fleming, GM; Paden, ML; Murphy, L; Sahay, R; King, E; Zappitelli, M; et al. ASAIO Journal. 2020; 66:319-326.

Improvement in Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Outcomes Through Interhospital Collaboration. Gaies, M; Pasquali, SK; Banerjee, M; Dimick, JB; Birkmeyer, JD; Zhang, W; Alten, JA; Chanani, N; Cooper, DS; Costello, JM; et al. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2019; 74:2786-2795.

Evaluation of Pediatric Cardiac ICU Advanced Practice Provider Education and Practice Variation. Justice, LB; Callow, L; Loomba, R; Harvey, J; FitzGerald, M; Cooper, DS. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2019; 20:1164-1169.

Health care-associated infections are associated with increased length of stay and cost but not mortality in children undergoing cardiac surgery. Tweddell, S; Loomba, RS; Cooper, DS; Benscoter, AL. Congenital Heart Disease. 2019; 14:785-790.