Jeffrey R. Cook, M.D.
Specialties/Areas of Interest
Consultative Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Invasive Cardiology, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Peripheral Vascular Disease
University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford, IL
RESIDENCY & FELLOWSHIP
Internal medicine: University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison WI
Cardiology: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago IL
Interventional Cardiology: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock AR
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
Swedish American Hospital
Rochelle Community Hospital
Rockford Memorial Hospital
Kishwaukee Community Hospital
Dr. Jeff Cook joined the Rockford Cardiovascular Associates practice in July of 2012. Although he was born in Oak Park, Illinois, he has lived most of his life with his family in Rockford and the surrounding areas and graduated from Belvidere High School. He completed his fellowship in Chicago, but is glad to return to his hometown with his wife, Emily, and young daughter, Scarlett, to practice medicine and raise his family.
Even as a very young child, becoming a doctor was something he dreamed of doing, but Dr. Cook admits that the possibility didn’t become clear until he developed an affinity for the sciences his freshman year of college. Dr. Cook appreciates the Cardiology specialty because of the opportunity to “make people feel measurably better, and there are many amazing tools at our disposal to get to the root of a problem.”
Dr. Cook set high standards for himself throughout his academic career, maintaining qualification on the Dean’s list in undergraduate work, receiving the Dean’s Award in Medical School for high academic standing, and being selected as the Chief Cardiology Fellow during his cardiology residency. While working his way through medical school as a Certified Pharmacy Technician, he earned membership in several National Honor Societies and has prepared multiple clinical articles and presentations. He is currently a member of the American College of Cardiology as a Fellow in Training, as well as the American College of Physicians and American Medical Association.
Dr. Cook also cites one of his accomplishments as the occasional question from patients wondering if, despite a few gray hairs, he is still in medical school! He and Emily, a schoolteacher who is furthering her education in school counseling both love to work on old houses, which they are currently doing with their 1920s brick house in Rockford. He also enjoys physical fitness and outdoor activities.
Best part of the job:
“Seeing the patient in the office after a stent procedure, and having him or her tell you that they really feel better. It makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something worthwhile.”