Dr. Scott Cooper is not only the current president of the Illinois State Medical Society, he is an emergency room physician.

“I'm all over something that's broken,” Cooper says, referring to a furnace problem at his house. “I had the thermocouple and could fix it at three in the morning. I probably wouldn't oil the motor and do the maintenance on it. I am into diagnosing acute conditions and trying to figure out why something is not working the way it should.”

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“I realize that the collegiality that has been developed over these twenty years has paid off tremendously,” says Cooper, a Chicagoan who practices in Waukegan, “so when I call the surgeon at Lake County, the surgeon knows who I am, and it smooths the transition of the patient care.”

Cooper is talking to groups around the state. He's halfway through his year as president.


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