Stephen R. Cook, M.D., M.P.H.

Stephen R. Cook, M.D., M.P.H.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 777
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-2821
Fax: (585) 273-1037
Administrative: (585) 275-7813

Research Bio

Dr. Cook's research focuses on childhood and adolescent obesity from the perspective of epidemiologic research on cardiovascular risk factors to clinical studies on approaches to prevention and intervention. The first area of research is focused on Metabolic Syndrome: a cluster of metabolic and cardiovascular complications of obesity involving excess abdominal fat, elevated cholesterols, high blood pressure, insulin resistance and high blood glucose. The other area of focus is Community and Health Services Research: involving identification, screening, prevention, and management of childhood obesity.

Awards & Honors (National)

National Science Advocate of the Year | American Heart Association 2011 - 2011

Awards & Honors (Local)

Award Winning Poster from the Health Services Research Section, The Obesity Society, National Meeting 2015
United States Senate, Expert Testimony on behalf of the American Heart Association 2014
Ruth A. Lawrence Academic Faculty Service Award in Community Service | Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center | Rochester, NY 2013
Governor's Anti-Hunger Task Force | New York State 2013 - 2015
The Millie and Richard Brock Award in Pediatrics | New York Academy of Medicine 2012
Dr. David Satcher Award for Community Health Partnership | Center for Community Health, URMC 2011 - 2011
Chairman, Membership Committee | The Obesity Society 2011 - 2012
Fellow, The Obesity Society | The North American Association for the Study of Obesity 2011 - Present
Health and Nutrition Advocate of the Year | Cornell Cooperative Extension 2011
Special Achievement Award | American Academy of Pediatrics-NYS Chapter 1 Obesity Taskforce | for leadership in addressing childhood obesity 2011
NYS Advocate of the Year, American Heart Association | American Heart Association 2010 - 2010
Named to "America's Top Physicians" 2009
Named to the Rochester Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" award for outstanding community service by young professionals under 2009
Named to "America's Top Family Doctors" 2009
Dean's Nomination for the Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship Award | Association of American Medical Colleges 2008
Special Achievement Award | American Academy of Pediatrics 2008
Named to "Best Doctors in America" 2007 - Present
Named to "America's Top Pediatricians" 2007 - Present
Extraordinary Service Award, Pediatric Residency 2006 - 2007
Outstanding Hospital Faculty Teaching Award 2005 - 2006
Samuel W. Clausen Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center and Golisano Children's Hospital at S 2002 - 2003
Fellow | American Academy of Pediatrics 2002
Dr. CP Varma Outstanding Resident Award, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 2001
Niagara University Presidential Scholarship 1998
Emilie Davis Rodenberg Memorial Award for the student most interested in the field of Endocrinology, SUNY at Buffalo School of M 1996
Primary Care Resource Center Summer Externship Outstanding Student Award, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY 1994
Niagara Medal, Niagara University 1992
Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society 1991
Sigma Alpha Sigma Honor Society 1991

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 37 available »

Edwards K, Stewart P, Cook S, Seplaki C, Rich D, and I. Fernandez. "The Relative Costs of High- vs. Low-Energy-Density Foods and More vs. Less Healthful Beverages Consumed by Children." Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition. 2016; .
Cook, S;. "Evaluating Community-Clinical Engagement to Address Childhood Obesity: Implications and Recommendations for the Field". National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research. 2016; .
Kushner, RF; Butsch, WS; Kahan, S; Machineni, S; Cook, S; Aronne, LJ. "Obesity Coverage on Medical Licensing Examinations in the United States. What Is Being Tested?". Teaching and Learning in Medicine - An International Journal. 2016; . Link
2015 Sep 1
Sperling LS, Mechanick JI, Neeland IJ, Herrick CJ, Despr├ęs JP, Ndumele CE, Vijayaraghavan K, Handelsman Y, Puckrein GA, Araneta MR, Blum QK, Collins KK, Cook S, Dhurandhar NV, Dixon DL, Egan BM, Ferdinand DP, Herman LM, Hessen SE, Jacobson TA, Pate RR, Ratner RE, Brinton EA, Forker AD, Ritzenthaler LL, Grundy SM. "The CardioMetabolic Health Alliance: Working Toward a New Care Model for the Metabolic Syndrome." Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2015 Sep 1; 66(9):1050-67.
Hadjiyannakis S, Buchholz A, Chanoine JP, Jetha MM, Gaboury L, Hamilton J, Birken C, Morrison KM, Legault L, Cook S, Lyons J, Sharma AM, Ball GDC. "The Edmonton Obesity Staging System for Pediatrics (EOSS-P): A proposed clinical staging system for pediatric obesity. In Press." Paediatrics & Child Health. 2015; .

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Center for Community Health


Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics


MPH | Public Health | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry2007
MD | Medicine | SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences1996
BS | Biology | Niagara University1992

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/2001 - 06/30/2003
Residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at SUNY at Buffalo Grad Medical-Dental Education Cons06/01/1997 - 06/01/2000
Internship in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at SUNY at Buffalo Grad Medical-Dental Education Cons06/01/1996 - 5/31/1997