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Michael S. Cookson, MD,MMHC

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

About Michael Cookson

Michael S. Cookson, M.D. is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and holds the Donald D. Albers Endowed Chair in Urology. He is one of the nations most experienced surgeons and has performed thousands of robotic and open surgeries. He is an accomplished researcher and lecturer and has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications and 35 chapters of various urologic surgery textbooks. He has been recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to urologic oncology.

Dr. Cookson completed his medical school at the University of Oklahoma with Honors. He then pursued a Urology Residency at the University of Texas, San Antonio. He then completed his Urologic Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He was a member of the faculty at Vanderbilt University from 1998 to 2013, where he served as the Vice Chairman of Urologic Surgery and Director of the Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program.

Dr. Cookson has devoted a significant portion of his academic career to the management of patients with urologic cancers, with a strong emphasis on Clinical Guidelines, Education and Evidenced Based Medicine. He was a member of the AUA/ABU examination committee for 10 years, including a member of Task for Cancer, Oncology Consultant and Pathology editor. He also serves on the ABU Oral Examination Committee. He is a co-founder of the Oncology Knowledge Assessment Examination, an oncology examination that is the standardized test for members and oncology fellows in training. He served as Chair of that OKAT committee for 5 years. In 2011, he received the President’s Distinguished Service Award from the SUO for educational contributions. For his efforts in teaching at Vanderbilt, he was awarded the Michael Rodriquez Award.

Dr. Cookson is one of only 75 members of the American Association of Genitorurinary Surgeons, a honorary society that elects members based on major contributions to Urology. He recently served as the Vice-Chair of the AUA Guidelines Committee on Advanced and Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC) and has previously served as Chair of the AUA Guidelines on CRPC.  He is currently the President of the Society of Urologic Oncology, the largest professional society for urologist who specialized in oncology in the nation. In addition, he is President Elect of the AUA’s South Central Section.

Affiliations OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center – Prostate & Urologic Cancer Clinic, OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center, OU Health Physicians Waterview Park, OU Health Physicians, 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:
  • Prostate cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Renal cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Robotic surgery
  • Urinary diversion
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