Scott Cooper, MD, PhD

Academic Title

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Clinical Title

University of Minnesota Physician


Medical School
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University, New York, NY

Internship (Internal Medicine)
Boston City Hospital/Boston
Medical Center
Boston University, Boston, MA

PhD (Physiology)
Center for Neurobiology
Columbia University

Residency (Neurology)
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Columbia University

Fellowship (Movement Disorders)
Center for Parkinson's Disease
and Other Movement Disorders
Columbia University

Contact Info


Phone number (clinical)


Administrative Contact
Katie Sanders

Clinic Address
MHealth Clinics and Surgery Center
909 Fulton St. SE
Mail Code 2121 CJ
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Office Address
Department of Neurology
University of Minnesota
MMC 295, 420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Bio Statement (Clinical)

My medical education began early: as a child, in fact, watching my father, a very hardworking physician of the old school, constantly checking on his patients, responding to their problems, always thinking about them. He was a model for me even before I decided to become a doctor myself. In medical school at Columbia University I encountered another model, the eminent Dr. Stanley Fahn, with whom I later did my fellowship training in Movement Disorders. People brought him their most difficult problems, and no matter how tough the case he always found ways to help them: I have always tried to do the same.

After fellowship, I joined the Movement Disorders group at the Cleveland Clinic, which had one of the earliest large programs in the country for deep brain stimulation (DBS). I 'grew up' with the Cleveland Clinic DBS program becoming senior neurologist on the DBS team before moving to the University of Minnesota in December 2014.

All physicians learn from patients, but few scientists are so fortunate. I am both a physician and a scientist, and in the second role I have been privileged to learn a great deal from patients. Not only have they been kind enough and altruistic enough to participate as subjects in my own and others' research, but the insights I've gained from treating them have influenced my research while the research, I believe, has helped me treat them.

Bio Statement (Research)

I am a clinical neurologist specializing in movement disorders and a research physiologist specializing in control of voluntary movement. My long term goal is to combine the two roles fruitfully. I study pathophysiology of the extrapyramidal motor system with a particular focus on basal ganglia and Parkinson's disease and on deep brain stimulation. My research is with human subjects and I collaborate extensively with bioengineers, neurosurgeons, and neuropsychologists. I am a recent arrival at the U of M and am setting up a lab: I welcome inquiries from potential students and postdocs.