Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH
Robert L. Cook is Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, and Associate Director of the Florida Center for Medicaid and the Uninsured. He received his MD and MPH in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991. After completing residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia, he completed a two-year fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and then joined the Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has held joint appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (1996-2006). Dr. Cook’s research has focused primarily on prevention issues involving HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. His NIH-funded research studies include an investigation of the relationship of alcohol and drug use patterns to STD outcomes in young persons, a clinical trial investigating the impact of home screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia, and a study of immune response in persons infected with influenza and the West Nile Virus. He recently received funding to serve as Protocol Chair on a clinical trial to investigate whether screening and treatment of bacterial vaginosis can reduce the incidence of STDs in young women. His current research interests include 1) interventions to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, including those that target substance abuse; 2) clinical and health services research related to HIV infection; and 3) research to address health issues in uninsured and underserved populations.