Physicians and staff
Richard H. Cooke, MD
Richard H. Cooke, MD, joined VCU Pauley Heart Center in 2008 as Associate Professor, specializing in Heart Failure. A native of Newcastle-U-Lyme, England, he earned his medical degree from Victoria University in Manchester, England, in1980. Dr. Cooke completed an internship and residency in England, followed by an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington, DC. He completed a fellowship in Hypertension and Cardiology Research at the Veterans Administration Hospital, a Cardiology Fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital, and an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Georgetown and most recently spent a year as an interventional cardiology fellow at VCU.
Prior to joining Pauley Heart Center, Dr. Cooke was a Clinical Cardiologist for the Washington Regional Cardiac Surgery PC, specializing in management of patients with severe Congestive Heart Failure. He also was the Medical Director for Cardiac Transplantation at the Washington Hospital Center, as well as Chair of the Heart Transplant Core Committee.
Dr. Cooke has extensive research experience in drug and device treatment of congestive heart failure. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on clinical trials of medications to treat both systolic and diastolic heart failure. He has been involved in studies evaluating the treatment of concurrent anemia in heart failure and also in medications that enhance fluid removal when compared with traditional diuretics. Dr. Cooke also has been a co-investigator of HeartMate II, a second-generation laminar flow pump that is being used to "bridge" patients to transplant.
His current interests are the treatment of advanced heart failure, cardiac transplantation and interventional cardiology.