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dr-william-a-cooper-headshotDr. William A. Cooper, M.D. is the founding medical director of Cardiovascular Surgery at WellStar Health Systems which is rated among the top 15% of cardiac surgery programs in the U.S. He graduated from the 6-year BA/MD program from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He completed postgraduate training in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University. He also received his MBA from Emory University, Goizueta School of Business.

Dr. Cooper’s work has been published in national, peer-reviewed journals. He is also a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves where he has served for 30 years and has completed 3 tours in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2014 Atlanta City Council President named him to the City of Atlanta’s Commission of Veteran’s Affairs. He and his wife live in the Atlanta area with their children.

He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

His book Heart Attack: Truth, Tragedy, Triumph deals with real life families battles of heart disease, cancer and other obstacles, and how he and the people profiled overcame those obstacles. He wrote the book to empower people to take charge of their lives and not allow obstacles to deter them from their greatness.

His mission is to save lives of African-Americans by empowering and educating them to live more heart healthy through a non-complicated approach.Heart disease kills more people each year than all of the cancers combined. Each year over 500,000 Americans have open-heart surgery. 85% of heart disease related issues are preventable by developing proper healthy eating habits, routine exercise regimens and getting adequate rest.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Dr. Cooper

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