Dr. Robert Cooper, Chairman Emeritus of Ann’s Place, has been a leading figure in Connecticut oncology and hematology research and clinical practice for four decades. A passionate patient advocate, Bob retired from active practice in the Western Connecticut Health Network’s Danbury Hospital in September.
On Thursday, November 19, 2015, Ann’s Place and Praxair Cancer Center of Danbury Hospital will jointly honor Dr. Cooper and his legacy of hope for cancer patients at the Matrix Conference & Banquet Center as the 2015 Special Tribute Honoree on the eve of the Annual Festival of Trees.
Dr. Cooper’s association with Ann’s Place dates back to 1987 when he became Chairman of the Ann Olsen Endowment and deepened in 1991 when he joined the original board of I Can, Inc. and led the resulting fully merged community-based cancer support organization. As a compassionate humanitarian, Dr. Cooper has been an extraordinary champion for cancer patients and survivors and has positively impacted the clinical programs at Ann’s Place.
A graduate of University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Bob Cooper was a Resident at Pennsylvania Hospital, served as a Major in the U.S. Army, Chief of the Department of Medicine at Walson Army Hospital, and was the Medical Officer at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, caring for Vietnamese refugees in 1975. In 1978, he completed his Fellowship at the University of Colorado and became an Attending Physician at Danbury Hospital.
Dr. Cooper’s clinical teaching appointments included University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Yale Medical School, and the University of Vermont Medical School. Dr. Cooper authored numerous scientific papers on colon cancer, lymphoma and breast cancer. Together with Dr. Vijay Patil, he established the first breast cancer Tumor Board in Connecticut.
Bob Cooper is the husband of Susan Cooper; father of Stephen and Jill; and grandfather of Allyson, Sam, Emily and Andrew. Tickets to the Tribute & Kick-Off Party, as well as Tribute opportunities, will be available on-line at www.annsplace.org.