Dr. Cook is a professor, primary care physician, and epidemiologist in the Departments of Epidemiology and Medicine at the University of Florida. He conducts population-based research focused on prevention of HIV and STDs, and improving HIV-related health outcomes. The overlap of substance use and HIV/STD has also been a major focus, and Dr. Cook has received several NIH research grants related to alcohol, marijuana and HIV health outcomes. Dr. Cook is also the Director of the Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC) Center for Translational HIV Research, a University of Florida research center. The center is one of five national NIH-funded consortia that brings together faculty and students at UF, other universities, and public health agencies to conduct and collaborate on high quality research and translate research findings into clinical and public health interventions. Multidisciplinary collaboration is a common theme in Dr. Cook’s work as he seeks to link epidemiologic approaches with other scientific disciplines ranging from immunological assessments to behavioral health in high-risk populations.
Dr. Cook received his M.D. and M.P.H. in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia, he completed a two-year research fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and a Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of North Carolina. He then joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, where he held joint appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (1996 – 2006). He currently teaches graduate-level courses in the College of Public Health and Health Professions, mentors a range of trainees, and continues to practice internal medicine in a primary care practice.