Salt Lake Regional Medical Center Surgeon and U.S. Freeskiing Team Physician, Dr. Andrew Cooper, Prepares for Sochi Winter Games

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Dr. Cooper played an influential role in getting gold medal hopeful, Sarah Hendrickson, competition ready.

I'm honored to be part of the medical team traveling to Sochi with these extraordinary athletes.

Salt Lake Regional Medical Center surgeon and U.S. Freeskiing team physician, Dr. Andrew Cooper is preparing for his role as a leader in the U.S. ski team’s medical care while in Sochi, Russia. Dr. Cooper was a surgeon for Sarah Hendrickson, U.S. women’s ski jumping team athlete, after she suffered a knee injury during a training session in the summer of 2013. Following Hendrickson from surgical treatment through rehabilitation, Dr. Cooper provided medical clearance for the young athlete to begin jumping again--ultimately earning a spot on the U.S. women’s ski jumping team.

“It is always difficult to see an athlete sustain an injury, especially when his or her career is jeopardized,” said Dr. Cooper. “Sarah’s situation was unique. For such a young athlete, she not only has the potential to become a medalist, but she also has the opportunity to be on a women’s team making Winter Game history. Everyone involved in her treatment and recovery is rooting for her, and I’m honored to be part of the medical team traveling to Sochi with these extraordinary athletes.”

Dr. Cooper is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center and a founding partner of Comprehensive Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Salt Lake City. His medical focus centers in minimally invasive surgical techniques and athletic rehabilitation. In addition to his U.S. Freeskiing involvement, Dr. Cooper serves as a sports medicine physician at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, the head team physician for Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer team and Westminster College, and is the medical director of the Sports Med Utah regional sports program.

About Salt Lake Regional Medical Center:
Salt Lake Regional Medical Center has been caring for the people of the Salt Lake Valley for 138 years. Built in 1875, it was one of the first hospitals in the Salt Lake Valley. Salt Lake Regional offers comprehensive healthcare services, including emergency care, heart care, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, women’s services and help for a broad range of medical conditions. Currently, the 158-bed hospital encompasses 316,000 sq. ft. of medical facilities, including three medical office buildings on campus. Salt Lake Regional Medical Center is directly or indirectly owned by an entity that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital’s medical staff. For more information, visit or call 1-866-431-WELL (9355).


Tammy Clark
Salt Lake Regional Medical Center

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