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Michael S. Cookson, MD,MMHC

Urologic Oncologist
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Member of OU Health Physicians

About Michael Cookson

Michael Cookson, M.D. is Professor and Chairman of Urology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and Chief of Urology at the Stephenson Cancer Center. He is board certified in Urology by the American Board of Urology and is one of the states only fellowship trained Urologic Oncologists, having completed his training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Before moving to Oklahoma in 2013, he was the Vice Chair of Urology at Vanderbilt University. He is one of the nations most experienced surgeons and is an internationally recognized leader in Urologic Cancer serving as the President of the Society of Urologic Oncology. Dr. Cookson is the Donald B. Albers Chair of Urology and serves at the Director of Robotic Surgery at OU Health University of Oklahoma Medical Center.

He has a busy clinical practice, that includes diagnosing and managing and treating patients with prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer and other urological cancers. For localized prostate cancer detection, he is a champion of MRI-guided fusion biopsy, and in addition to robotic assisted radical prostatectomy he is experienced in minimally invasive treatments including cryotherapy and HIFU.

He is also an advocate for men with advanced prostate cancer and works in a multidisciplinary clinic to treat men with androgen deprivation therapy in combination with AR targeted therapies, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

For bladder cancer patients, he helped pioneer blue light cystoscopy and offers a range of intravesical therapy and immunotherapy for patients with noninvasive bladder cancer. For patients with invasive bladder cancer, he has performed more than a thousand radical cystectomies with urinary diversions that include neobladder, both open and laparoscopic robotic assisted. For kidney cancer treatment, partial nephrectomy and radical nephrectomy are performed both open and laparoscopic robotic assisted. He also has access to clinical trials and actively enrolls eligible patients at Stephenson Cancer Center.

He is a world-leading urological surgeon and has performed thousands of robotic-assisted laparoscopic procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System. He is recognized as a world-renowned expert on urologic oncology with over 250 peer reviewed published papers to his credit; he is on such lists as America's Top Doctors, Oklahoma’s Best Doctors. He is one of only 75 U.S. Urologists elected to membership in the prestigious American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. He was given the American Urologic Association’s Presidential Citation for outstanding contributions to the field of urologic oncology.

Affiliations OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center – Prostate & Urologic Cancer Clinic, OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center, OU Health Physicians Waterview Park, OU Health Physicians Building - Oklahoma City, OU Health Physicians – Urology Clinic
  • Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. 2017
  • Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. 2016
  • “Best Doctors” by Best Doctors Inc. 2015
Health Education
  • College
  • Journalism University of Oklahoma
    Norman, OK
  • Masters in Healthcare Management Vanderbilt University
    Nashville, TN
  • Medical School
  • Doctor of Medicine OU College of Medicine
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • Residency
  • Urology University of Texas San Antonio
    San Antonio, TX
  • Fellowship
  • Urologic Oncology Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    New York, NY
Medical Interests Areas of Interest:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Blue light cystoscopy for bladder cancer detection
  • Cryotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • HIFU
  • MRI-guided fusion biopsies for prostate cancer detection
  • Prostate cancer
  • Renal cancer
  • Robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy
  • Robotic and minimally invasive surgeries
  • Testicular cancer
  • Urinary diversion

Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
( 2154 Ratings
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  • Jan 4, 2021
    I feel extremely fortunate to be in the care of Dr. Cookson and his highly capable team. Very happy!
  • Jan 4, 2021
    Great Doctor!
  • Jan 4, 2021
    Very good
  • Jan 4, 2021
    I don't like giving a Lupron shot was taken out of the doctors hands!I believe that OU wastes a lot of the patients time!This change is wasting more time! Wait to see the Doctor, then wait for the shot,then go get labs and can wait up to an hour or more! OU needs to look at it's protocols and find a faster way to serve it's patients! My time is important and I don't want to speed half a day to see Dr Cookson,get a shot and labs. That all should take place in Doctor's office!
  • Jan 4, 2021
    Dr. Cookson and his staff are a pleasure!
  • Jan 4, 2021
    I have the highest regard for Dr Cookson and his staff.
  • Jan 4, 2021
    I have always been totally satisfied with my all regards!
  • Jan 4, 2021
    So grateful for Dr. Cookson
  • Dec 28, 2020
    Excellent care
  • Dec 28, 2020
    He made sure we understood all that was going to happen. Very knowledgeable and friendly
  • Dec 28, 2020
    Was in and out in a timely manner, no waiting Thank you
  • Dec 28, 2020
    Great job getting all of my appts at OUMC and SCC coordinated for me. I must travel 4 hours round trip so doing everything in one day is good. Thanks
  • Dec 28, 2020
    Love the entire system
  • Dec 28, 2020
    Everyone was very nice.
  • Dec 21, 2020
    I was impressed that they listened to me and seemed to be genuinely interested in my health concerns.
  • Dec 21, 2020
    THANK YOU Dr Cookson for saving my life! I'll never be able to repay you. I'm so glad you answered Gods calling on your life.
  • Dec 21, 2020
    Al the folks are good. Wish I could still get my shots in the Dr. office and not have to go to the third floor and wait in line. Not nearly as convenient as it was before.
  • Dec 21, 2020
    Dr Cookson and his staff are amazing. They make me feel at ease and are very thoughtful. I am so thankful to have Dr. Cookson as my surgeon.
  • Dec 21, 2020
    Dr Cookson is awesome. He is knowledgeable and has a good relationship with me.
  • Dec 18, 2020
    Continued great care and service
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