Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Coastal Fertility Specialists are excited to announce the addition of Heather Cook, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., to their team this August. Dr. Cook is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist who comes to Coastal Fertility from southern California. She is a strong advocate for women's health and is honored to help Lowcountry couples build the family of their dreams.
“I'm delighted to be joining such an esteemed team of physicians, nurses and staff,” Cook said. “Helping couples have a child they might not otherwise be able to conceive is my life's work and I feel privileged to be able to achieve this at Coastal Fertility Specialists.”
With the addition of their third physician, Coastal Fertility continues their commitment to the best patient-centered care and boasts the highest pregnancy rates of any fertility clinic in the state.
Cook completed medical school at the USC Keck School of Medicine Los Angeles, graduating with highest distinction. She was recruited back to UCLA for both her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG).
Cook is an active member of both the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI). She has extensive research experience and has focused on immunology in reproductive disorders, in vitro fertilization, embryo development and assessment, oocyte (egg) donation, embryo cryopreservation (freezing) and recurrent pregnancy loss. She also has authored numerous papers in leading medical journals, including “Fertility and Sterility” and “Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics,” and is a four-time presenter at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's annual meeting. Dr. Cook has also spent time at the National Institute of Health (NIH), publishing a manuscript on uterine fibroids and reproductive outcome with some of the top researchers in the field.
With a commitment to teaching, Cook has been very involved in lecturing and mentorship for residents and medical students at both UCLA and Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and now as a faculty member at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her educational path has garnered her numerous awards in both academics and medical training, such as the Baxter Foundation Research Grant and USC Top Merit scholarship.
Dr. Heather Cook has been married to her husband, Brant, for eight years and they have two children, Mackenzie and Cooper.