Clinical Associate Professor Michael Cooper is a gynaecologist in private practice in Sydney and affiliated with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sydney University. He is currently a Visiting Medical Officer and Head of Gynaecology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Head of Gynaecology at St Luke’s Hospital, has an appointment at St Vincent’s Private Hospital and is accredited at Genea (formerly Sydney IVF) for assisted conception/IVF. His major interest is in the treatment of endometriosis particularly requiring advanced surgical and/or assisted conception techniques (IVF). He is a strong advocate of specialist endometriosis management teams. Ideally the surgeon should also be able to perform IVF rather than simply referring on as at times the decision making can be quite complex and the experience of the doctor may dictate the management plan. He is accredited to perform advanced level laparoscopic surgery at RPAH and in Hong Kong.
A/Prof Cooper graduated from Sydney University in 1984 and received his Fellowship qualification in 1995. He spent extensive time training in endoscopic (keyhole) surgery in Europe, the United Kingdom and America. He initiated one of the early endoscopic training centres for gynaecologists in Australia and is regularly involved in workshops to train other doctors and students. He is part of the SWEC team who train other surgeons on a regular basis. A/Prof Cooper has been the author of over 50 articles and book chapters published both in Australia and internationally and has spoken widely within Australia and overseas. He has been an invited surgeon to many hospitals in Australia and Asia and currently operates in Hong Kong on an occasional basis. He was previously a Board Member of the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society and a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy. He has been an advisor to the World Heath Organisation on research and training in gynaecological endoscopic surgery. When not working his interests are his family with wife Alex and 3 sons, cycling, sailing and the outdoors.