Michael A. Cooper, PA-C, MPAS
Assistant Professor, Site Director, University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program at Morehead State University
Mr. Cooper is a 1991 graduate of the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program and was named The Outstanding Graduating Senior of the College of Allied Health (now known as the College of Health Sciences). In addition, he was the recipient from our College of the Omicron Delta Kappa Award for leadership and achievement in 1991. He earned a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska in 1997. After graduation, he practiced General Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky for 10 years before specializing in Cardiology. While on staff at the Gill Heart Institute from 2001 to 2005, Mr. Cooper performed cardiac stress testing, practiced outpatient Cardiology and served on the inpatient Cardiology Consultation Team. In 2005, Mr. Cooper was one of 10 Physician Assistants nationwide selected for a prestigious postgraduate Fellowship in Hepatology (Liver Disease). The Fellowship was sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and completed at the University of Kentucky. Since that time, Mr. Cooper has practiced Hepatology in the Division of Digestive Disease and Nutrition, as well as serving on the Liver Transplantation Team.
Commissioned as an Army Officer upon graduation, he served for 3 years in the 103rd Forward Support Battalion, 35th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Kentucky Army National Guard as a Physician Assistant. He transferred to the United States Air Force Reserve in 1995 where he continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel and Chief of Clinical Services in the 445th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In 2004, Mr. Cooper deployed to Iraq where he was assigned to the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group and provided care for wounded troops and enemy combatants during the peak period of casualties. This included the Battle of Fallujah where he was instrumental in the care of over 385 wounded troops in one 5 day period while his tent facility was under enemy mortar and rocket fire.
Mr. Cooper is the Site Director of the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program at Morehead State University.