John P. Cooke, MD, Ph.D.
John P. Cooke, MD, Ph.D., is Professor of Medicine and Director of the NHLBI funded Program in Vascular Biology and Medicine at Stanford. He has published over 250 articles on topics of vascular medicine and biology as well as a textbook in vascular medicine. He is a nationally recognized figure in endothelial biology, and his research focuses on endothelial biology, specifically the role of NO synthase in angiogenesis and atherosclerosis, as well as a novel angiogenic pathway discovered in the Cooke Lab and mediated by an endothelial nACh receptor. Dr. Cooke has served on numerous national and international committees that deal with cardiovascular diseases, including those of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. He has special expertise in development of agents for peripheral arterial disease, and is a member of the Vascular Trialists, a group of clinician-investigators with particular interest in formulating and executing trials for testing novel therapies for PAD.