Doctor recognised for expertise and kindness

david cookeOver 200 doctors, dignitaries and hospital staff came together to recognize the work of the 2015 Doctor of the Year Award recipient, General and Laparoscopic Surgeon Dr David Cooke, and to celebrate a successful year at St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

The hospital’s annual doctor’s Christmas party was held in a marquee by the lake on the hospital grounds.

At the event, Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Fogarty said Dr Cooke was a talented surgeon who was known for his excellent bedside manner.

“Both patients and colleagues speak highly of Dr Cooke – he is dedicated to his patients, his profession and our hospital,” said Mr Fogarty.

“Patients often speak of his warmth, kindness and expertise.”

Dr Cooke’s scope of practice includes General Surgical Procedures, including Laparoscopic Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic colectomy, Laparoscopic Splenectomy and Upper and Lower GI Endoscopy.

He gained his qualifications in the UK and has worked in various hospitals in the UK and Australia, including St Bartholomew’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London and Maryborough Base Hospital in Queensland. In the 1990s, he immersed himself in the experience of War Surgery for the Red Cross in Kenya/Southern Sudan and Rwanda.

Dr Cooke was delighted to receive the award, saying that he enjoyed his work and that working at the hospital felt like working with family.

2015 was a very positive year for the Murdoch hospital, welcoming many new doctors and hospital staff and receiving excellent results in its National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) accreditation in August.

The hospital also embarked on the second phase of its redevelopment project in 2015, which includes the construction of a new chapel and the refurbishment of the foyer, reception area and wards.

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