CooperReginald R. Cooper, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Medical School - West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, West Virginia. September, 1951 - May, 1953
    Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. September, 1953 - May, 1955
    Internship, State University of Iowa, College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
    July, 1955 - July, 1956 Rotating internship.
  • Residency - University of Iowa, College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa: July, l956 - July, 1957 General Surgery
    University of Iowa, College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa: July, 1957 - July, 1960. Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowships - NIH Special Fellowship: Orthopaedic Research Laboratory and Anatomy Department, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD September, 1964 - September, 1965
    Electron Microscopy: Immobilization Atropy and Regeneration of Skeletal Muscle in Cats Ultrastructure of Compact Bone in Dogs

Honors and Awards

  • American Orthopaedic Association Exchange Fellowship to England and Scotland - 7 weeks - 1969
  • Kappa Delta Award for the Outstanding Basic Research in Orthopaedics for 1970-71
  • President, Orthopaedic Research Society, 1974
  • Board of Directors, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1973-1974
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Who's Who in America - 1979
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees, National Easter Seals Research Foundation -1979-1981
  • Secretary, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - 1982-1985
  • President, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1987-88

Professional Societies

  • American Medical Association, April, 1963
  • Diplomat of American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, January, 1964
  • Fellow of American College of Surgeons, October, 1965
  • Fellow of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, January, 1966
  • Orthopaedic Research society, January, 1966
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1966
  • Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, July, 1968
  • Canadian Orthopaedic Association, 1971
  • Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society, 1971
  • American Orthopaedic Association, 1972
  • Association of Academic Orthopaedics, 1973
  • 20th Century Orthopaedic Association, 1982
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, 1985
  • Societe Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopedique et de Traumatologie - 1986
  • Association of Children's Prosthetic Orthotic Clinics, 1991
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (Honorary), 1995
  • Society for Circumpolar Health, 1996

Research Activities

  • Biochemistry and molecular biology of muscle cells
  • Light and electron microscopic studies of denervation atrophy in skeletal muscles
  • Light and electron microscopic studies of secondary centers of ossification in normal and disease states
  • Studies on ultrastructure of normal epiphyseal plates
  • Studies on ultrastructural changes in biopsies of various human musculoskeletal disorders

Recent Publications/Reviews

  • Buckwalter, J.A., Schumacher, R., Albright, J.P. and Cooper, R.R.: Use of an Educational Taxonomy for Evaluation of Cognitive Performance. Jour. Med. Ed., 56, 115-121, February, 1981.
  • Shurr, Don G., Cooper, Reginald R., Buckwalter, J.A., and Blair, W.F.: Terminal Transverse Congenital Limb Deficiency of the Forearm.
  • Bassett, G.S., Weinstein, S.L., and Cooper, Reginald R.: Long Term Follow up of Fascia Lata Transfer for the Paralytic Hip in Myelodysplasia. Jour. Bone and Joint Surg., 64A:360-365, March, 1982.