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Zara Cooper, MD

Adjunct Scientist, Palliative Care Research, Institute for Aging Research
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Research Associate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS is an acute care surgeon, trauma surgeon, and surgical intensivist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston. She received her medical degree and Master of Science in Community Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

Dr. Cooper completed her general surgery residency and critical care fellowship at BWH and completed a Trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington in Seattle. She has been on the staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 2008. She completed her clinical training in Palliative Medicine in 2012.

Dr. Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. She is also on the faculty of the Center for Surgery and Public Health at BWH, and Ariadne Labs in Boston, MA.  She is a funded investigator through the National Institutes of Aging. Her research focus is to improve end-of-life care, and reduce non-beneficial care in critically ill and elderly surgical patients, through improved patient-provider communication.  She is also actively involved in ethics and palliative care education for surgical residents and fellows.