Dr. Stephen Cook, a member of NU’s Class of 1992 and pediatric physician at Strong Memorial Hospital, addressed the topic of childhood obesity during a presentation held Oct. 10 in the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre at Niagara University.
The event was held in conjunction with Niagara’s celebration of science this month, which is built around the Oct. 9 grand opening of the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences.
Dr. Cook, who sits on the boards of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Obesity Society, is dual trained in pediatric and adult-internal medicine. After completing his residency and a chief resident year in Buffalo, N.Y., he joined the Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2001. He completed an academic pediatric fellowship there, during which time he focused his research and clinical aspects on nutrition, physical activity, obesity and the metabolic complications that arise.
Dr. Cook currently sees patients as part of the general pediatric practice at Strong Memorial Hospital, where he also teaches medical student and residents. He also serves as an attending on the inpatient service at the Golisano Children’s Hospital at URMC.
For his work, Dr. Cook has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Ruth A. Lawrence Academic Faculty Service Award in Community Service from the Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center; the Millie and Richard Brock Award in Pediatrics from the New York Academy of Medicine; and the Dr. David Satcher Award for Community Health Partnership from Center for Community Health at URMC. In 2011, he was named National Science Advocate of the Year by the American Heart Association.