Michael S. Cookson, MD

Michael S. Cookson, MD

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Norman, OK

Michael S. Cookson, M.D. is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and holds the Donald D. Albers Endowed Chair in Urology. An accomplished researcher and lecturer, he is the author of 206 peer-reviewed journal publications and 28 chapters of various textbooks in urology and urologic surgery, and has been recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to urologic oncology. Dr. Cookson completed his Urology residency at the University of Texas, San Antonio and completed his Urologic Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He was a member of the faculty at Vanderbilt University from 1998 to 2013, where he served as the Vice Chairman of Urologic Surgery and Director of the Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program. Dr. Cookson has devoted a significant portion of his academic career to the management of patients with urologic cancers, with a strong emphasis on Clinical Guidelines, Education and Evidenced Based Medicine. He was a member of the AUA/ABU examination committee for 10 years, including a member of Task for Cancer, Oncology Consultant and Pathology editor. He also serves on the ABU Oral Examination Committee. He is a co-founder of the OKAT, an SUO mandated oncology examination that is the standard for benchmarking for members and oncology fellows in training and served as Chair of that OKAT committee for 5 years. In 2011, he received the President’s Distinguished Service Award from the SUO for educational contributions. For his efforts in teaching at Vanderbilt, he was awarded the Michael Rodriguez Award. Dr. Cookson recently served as the Chair of the AUA Guidelines Committee on Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer, and has previously served as the member of the AUA Guidelines on localized prostate cancer. He currently serves as Treasurer for the Society of Urologic Oncology.

Articles by Michael S. Cookson, MD

Integrating the AUA Guidelines into Your Practice

Michael S. Cookson, MD, MMHC, describes how urologists can use American Urological Association (AUA) guidelines to better manage metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) patients. He stresses the importance of urologists serving as the primary caregiver, the multidisciplinary care model, and organized sequencing of treatments and therapeutics.

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Enhanced Techniques of Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer Detection

Michael S. Cookson, MD, describes the components of a quality transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT), enhanced detection technologies such as blue light cystoscopy and narrow band imaging (NBI), and the induction of these new technologies into the American Urological Association (AUA) and Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) bladder cancer guidelines and common practice.

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BCG Failure: BCG Maintenance Should be Less Intense

Dr. Erik P. Castle, MD, explains the Southwest Oncology Group’s (SWOG’s) protocol for administering maintenance doses of bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) to non-muscle invasive bladder cancer patients. He argues that carrying out the full SWOG course makes a positive impact on patients’ recurrence free survival rates, identifying the ideal disease types and patients to receive the full course.

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