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Medical Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Medical Director, Cardiac Anesthesia Recovery Unit

Co-Director, Center for Acute Care Nephrology

Associate 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

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Nephrology - Acute Care, Heart, Cardiac Intensive Care, Cardiology

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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

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.

Cardiac Surgery in Patients With Trisomy 13 and 18: An Analysis of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database. Cooper, DS; Riggs, KW; Zafar, F; Jacobs, JP; Hill, KD; Pasquali, SK; Swanson, SK; Gelehrter, SK; Wallace, A; Jacobs, ML; et al. Journal of the American Heart Association : Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease. 2019; 8.

Development of a System to Measure and Improve Outcomes in Congenital Heart Disease: Heart Institute Safety, Quality, and Value Program. Clarke-Myers, K; Cooper, DS; Hanke, SP; Storey, J; McDonald, M; Kimball, TR; Anderson, JB. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2019; 45:495-501.

Commentary: I am not throwing away my shot . . . to predict when your patient will decompensate. Murphy, LD; Cooper, DS; Mah, KE. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2019; 158:246-247.

Psychometric testing of the developmental care scale for neonates with congenital heart disease. Arter, S; Miller, E; Bakas, T; Cooper, DS. Cardiology in the Young. 2019; 29:749-755.

Developmental Pharmacokinetics and Age-Appropriate Dosing Design of Milrinone in Neonates and Infants with Acute Kidney Injury Following Cardiac Surgery. Mizuno, T; Gist, KM; Gao, Z; Wempe, MF; Alten, J; Cooper, DS; Goldstein, SL; Vinks, AA. Clinical Pharmacokinetics. 2019; 58:793-803.

Furosemide response predicts acute kidney injury in children after cardiac surgery. Penk, J; Gist, KM; Wald, EL; Kitzmiller, L; Webb, TN; Li, Y; Cooper, DS; Goldstein, SL; Basu, RK. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2019; 157:2444-2451.

Hospital Costs Related to Early Extubation After Infant Cardiac Surgery. McHugh, KE; Mahle, WT; Hall, MA; Scheurer, MA; Moga, M; Triedman, J; Nicolson, SC; Amula, V; Cooper, DS; Schamberger, M; et al. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2019; 107:1421-1426.

Commentary: Fontan survivor-outwit, outlast, outplay but do not overstay (your welcome). Mah, KE; Cooper, DS. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2019; 157:2014-2015.

Simulation Training Improves Resuscitation Team Leadership Skills of Nurse Practitioners. Ryan, A; Rizwan, R; Williams, B; Benscoter, A; Cooper, DS; Iliopoulos, I. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 2019; 33:280-287.