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Published on October 07, 2019

Interventional cardiologist Brock Cookman, DO, joins Bryan Heart

Bryan Heart recently welcomed interventional cardiologist Brock Cookman, DO. 

Dr. Cookman, who was born and raised in north central Iowa, studied chemical engineering as an undergraduate at Iowa State University in Ames before earning a master’s in anatomy and a medical degree in osteopathic medicine at Des Moines University in Iowa in 2009.

doctor and family in park

Cardiologist Brock Cookman
& family enjoy life in Lincoln.

He completed the University of Iowa-Des Moines Internal Medicine residency program in Des Moines, followed by a cardiology fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Dr. Cookman then completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he trained in general interventional cardiology, structural cardiology and treatment of peripheral vascular diseases.

Dr. Cookman says growing up in the Midwest with strong family and community relationships has kept him and his wife, Heather, a cardiac care nurse, rooted here.

Enjoy Personalized Care for Critically Ill Patients 

“We really enjoyed Omaha during my fellowship training, and when the opportunity arose at Bryan Heart we were delighted, as Lincoln is similar in many ways to my hometown of Mason City, Iowa,” he says.

“Working with patients on a day-to-day basis is why I got into medicine. Helping them when they are at their most ill is why I chose interventional cardiology. I really enjoy personalizing care for each patient, tailoring therapies and building lifelong relationships with patients and families — that is the center of my practice as I see it.”

Regarding new treatments on the horizon, he notes, “In upcoming years, interventional cardiology will keep introducing less-invasive procedures to minimize patients’ need for interventions like open heart surgery. Structural cardiology now focuses on treatment of aortic valve disease, but new interventions will focus on treatment of other heart valves. We’ll also see continued refinement of mechanical devices like ventricular assist devices (VADs) that support heart function.

“Bryan’s continuing commitment to innovation to patient care promotes excellent patient outcomes and makes it very rewarding to work at Bryan Heart,” he adds.

Dr. Cookman and his wife have three children. Ayden, age 2, and Elaina, 4, currently enjoy time at home with their mother, while their oldest daughter, Cynthia, is studying in Italy during her junior year at Iowa State University. Dr. Cookman and his family enjoy outdoor sports, including running, biking, swimming and boating, and look forward to summer vacations at Table Rock Lake in southern Missouri.

 

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