CALVIN M. COOPER, MD, was born and raised in northern Colorado where he attended college at Colorado State University (CSU), graduating summa cum laude after three and half years with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Chemistry. He was awarded a research stipend after graduating from college and spent six months working as a post-graduate research scientist in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at CSU prior to matriculating into medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM). During his initial years of medical school, Dr. Cooper collaborated with the Department of Radiation Oncology studying the inherent neuro-protective pathways involved in hippocampal cell survival following radiation exposure. This work was selected for a stipend by the NIH with clinical correlates to better defining neuro-cognitive decline in patients following whole brain radiation as adjuvant therapy for various varieties of brain tumors. He was awarded a doctor of medicine degree in the spring of 2011, after which he joined the Neurological Surgery residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with plans to graduate in 2018.
Outside of residency Calvin enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling.