Faculty ProfilesMolly Cooke, MD
San Francisco, CA 94115
Molly Cooke, M.D. FACP, Professor of Medicine, is the inaugural Director of Education for Global Health Sciences across the five schools at UCSF (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and the Graduate Division). Appointed in July 2012, her charge is to develop a portfolio of high impact educational programs for UCSF students, residents, fellows, post-docs, and faculty members and to devise innovative and high-value ways to share UCSF's expertise in discovery science, health care delivery, professional education, and basic science with international partners.
Dr. Cooke has been active in medical education program development and educational research throughout her career. A distinguished teacher, Dr. Cooke has twice received the Kaiser Family Foundation Teaching Award as well as a UCSF Academic Senate Award for Distinction in Teaching. In 2006, she was awarded the AOA/Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); in 2010, she received the Career Achievement Award in Education from the Society for General Internal Medicine. As a Senior Scholar of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, she co-directed a national study of medical education. This work culminated in the text, Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency, by Molly Cooke, David M. Irby and Bridget C. O'Brien, published in June 2010 by Jossey-Bass/Wiley.
Dr. Cooke has worked on using education and faculty development to address the health problems of under-served populations. A founding faculty member of the internal medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital–UCSF, she developed GME curricula focused on the care of the urban under-served, including community health and advocacy. She was the School of Medicine's liaison to UCSF's regional campus in Fresno from 2008 to 2013 and, in that capacity and as a member of the San Joaquin Valley PRIME advisory board, addressed health inequities in California's Central Valley. She provided the educational expertise for IDCAP, Infectious Disease Capacity Building Evaluation, a three-year project exploring cost-effective ways to build capacity among mid-level providers in sub-Saharan Africa funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She serves on the Training Advisory Committee of he University of Zimbabwe Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI); the US partner institutions are the University of Colorado and Stanford University.
Dr. Cooke is a practicing internist with a special interest in HIV and other complex chronic illnesses. She has advised the AMA, the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the AAMC on clinical care and ethical and policy issues in the HIV epidemic, and was a founding co-director of the AIDS Task Force of the Society for General Internal Medicine. She testified before both National Commissions on AIDS (1988 and 1990). She was a Department of Health and Human Services Primary Care Health Policy Fellow in 2004 and has been repeatedly selected by her peers as one of "America's Best Doctors." She is Past President (2013-14) of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation's largest medical specialty organization. She also served as Governor of the Northern California chapter of the ACP from 2004 to 2009.
Dr. Cooke is a graduate of Stanford University. She received her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. She did her residency training at the University of California, San Francisco, where she also served as chief resident in medicine and did a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Fellowship focusing on ethics. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2013.
Education and Training
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Recent Articles (54)
Meffert SM, Shome S, Neylan TC, Musalo K, Fineberg HV, Cooke MM, Volberding PA, Goosby EP. Health impact of human rights testimony: harming the most vulnerable? BMJ Glob Health. 2016 Apr; 1(1):e000001.
Qaseem A, Kansagara D, Forciea MA, Cooke M, Denberg TD. Management of Chronic Insomnia Disorder in Adults: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Jul 19; 165(2):125-33.
Lyss-Lerman P, Teherani A, Aagaard E, Loeser H, Cooke M, Harper GM. What training is needed in the fourth year of medical school? Views of residency program directors. Acad Med. 2009 Jul; 84(7):823-9.
Lubinski C, Aberg J, Bardeguez AD, Elion R, Emmanuel P, Kuritzkes D, Saag M, Squires KE, Weddle A, Rainey J, Zerehi MR, Ralston JF, Fleming DA, Bronson D, Cooke M, Cutler C, Ejnes Y, Gluckman R, Liebow M, Musana K, Mayer ME, Purtle MW, Reynolds PP, Viswanathan L, Weiss KB, Yehia B. HIV policy: the path forward--a joint position paper of the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American College of Physicians. Clin Infect Dis. 2009 May 15; 48(10):1335-44.
Lester P, Chesney M, Cooke M, Weiss R, Whalley P, Perez B, Glidden D, Petru A, Dorenbaum A, Wara D. When the time comes to talk about HIV: factors associated with diagnostic disclosure and emotional distress in HIV-infected children. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2002 Nov 1; 31(3):309-17.
Lester P Chesney M Cooke M Whalley P Perez B Dorenbaum A Petru A Wara D. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Diagnostic disclosure to HIV-infected children: how parents decide when and what to tell. 2002; 7(1):85-99.
Nelson W, Angoff N, Binder E, Cooke M, Fleetwood J, Goodlin S, Goodman K, Kaplan KO, McCormick T, Meyer ML, Sheehan M, Townsend T, Williams P, Winslade W. Goals and strategies for teaching death and dying in medical schools. J Palliat Med. 2000; 3(1):7-16.
Papadakis MA, Osborn EH, Cooke M, Healy K. A strategy for the detection and evaluation of unprofessional behavior in medical students. University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Clinical Clerkships Operation Committee. Acad Med. 1999 Sep; 74(9):980-90.
Gerbert B, Brown B, Volberding P, Cooke M, Caspers N, Love C, Bronstone A. Physicians' transmission prevention assessment and counseling practices with their HIV positive patients. AIDS Educ Prev. 1999 Aug; 11(4):307-20.
Swig L, Cooke M, Osmond D, Luce JA, Brody RV, Bird C, Luce JM. Physician responses to a hospital policy allowing them to not offer cardiopulmonary resuscitation. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1996 Oct; 44(10):1215-9.
Lurie P, Bishaw M, Chesney MA, Cooke M, Fernandes ME, Hearst N, Katongole-Mbidde E, Koetsawang S, Lindan CP, Mandel J. Ethical, behavioral, and social aspects of HIV vaccine trials in developing countries. JAMA. 1994 Jan 26; 271(4):295-301.
Lester P, Partridge JC, Cooke M. Postnatal human immunodeficiency virus antibody testing. The effects of current policy on infant care and maternal informed consent. West J Med. 1992 Apr; 156(4):371-5.
Smedira NG, Evans BH, Grais LS, Cohen NH, Lo B, Cooke M, Schecter WP, Fink C, Epstein-Jaffe E, May C. Withholding and withdrawal of life support from the critically ill. N Engl J Med. 1990 Feb 1; 322(5):309-15.
Lo B, Steinbrook RL, Cooke M, Coates TJ, Walters EJ, Hulley SB. Voluntary screening for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Weighing the benefits and harms. Ann Intern Med. 1989 May 1; 110(9):727-33.
Cooke M. AIDS and Public Policy Journal. Housestaff attitudes toward the Acquird Immunodeficiency Syndrom. 1989; 3:59-60.