Matt Cooperberg, MD, MPH has been named Chief of Urology, San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center where he has been acting as interim chief since the summer of 2019.
As chief he will be responsible for urologic care for Veterans receiving care through San Francisco VAMC and its cachement area, which extends north to the Oregon border and east to include northern Nevada.
Dr. Cooperberg was recruited to the VA in 2009 with a long-standing interest in improving care for US Veterans. “Since I was a medical student, I have believed fervently that US Veterans deserve care equivalent to—or better than—what is available in the best medical centers in the nation. Serving in the VA system has been one of the most rewarding parts of the first decade of my faculty career, and it will be my honor to be in a position to drive toward improvements in both care and outcomes for our Veterans. I also hope to improve both clinical and research integration between SFVA and UCSF, increasing Veterans’ access to trials, and including this unique, diverse population in our other research initiatives.”
In addition to the administrative duties, his goals are to expand research programs. “I am keenly interested in revitalizing the research program at SFVA,” says Dr. Cooperberg. “We have a diverse patient population and relatively easy access to tissue and long-term follow-up information; we also have opportunities to work with the growing number of national VA data and biospecimen research initiatives.”
Says Raj S. Pruthi, Professor, Department of Urology, UCSF “Matt will be a crucial link for the Department of Urology and our relationship to VAMC. His leadership abilities, tireless research pursuits, and compassionate treatment of our Veterans ensures this special population continues to receive world-class, high quality care.”