Patrick R. Cook, DO, FACS, RPVI, provides expert vein and vascular treatments to patients at Vascular Associates of San Diego, located in La Mesa, California, and serving all of San Diego County.
Dr. Cook grew up in Walnut, California, and completed his undergraduate degree at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Upon graduation from the academy, he attended the U.S Army School of Aviation and served as a scout helicopter pilot. He subsequently attended medical school after being awarded a Health Professions Scholarship and received his medical degree from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, in 1998.
Following medical school, Dr. Cook moved to El Paso, Texas where he completed five years of general surgical training at William Beaumont Army Medical center. As a practicing board-certified General Surgeon, he was then stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he served as the Chief of General Surgery and was deployed three times to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
He then returned to southern California and completed his two-year fellowship in vascular and endovascular surgery at the University of California – San Diego (UCSD) and Scripps Green Hospital. His vascular training included both surgical and interventional radiological training.
After completing his training in 2008, Dr. Cook returned to active duty and moved back to El Paso, Texas as a board-certified Vascular Surgeon. He held several positions over his eight years there to include Chief of Vascular Surgery, Chief of the Department of Surgery, and served as the Consultant to the Surgeon General for Vascular Surgery. He deployed again two additional times to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dr. Cook subsequently retired from active duty in the rank of Colonel and moved back to the San Diego area to join Vascular Associates of San Diego.
Dr. Cook is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at both Texas Tech University and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented his research at several national and regional meetings. In addition, he has published book chapters on various subjects within vascular surgery.
His major areas of interest are the treatment of arterial and venous disease. This includes stent-graft repair of thoracic, abdominal aortic and popliteal aneurysmal disease, endovenous ablation for varicose veins, and open and endovascular treatment of carotid and peripheral arterial disease.