Daniel E. Cooper, M.D.
PRACTICE PROFILE AND EXPERTISE:
Dr. Cooper is a widely recognized authority in the field of sports medicine, sub-specializing in injuries to the knee and shoulder. He treats all types of athletes; professionals, collegiate, high school and recreational. He is currently the head team physician for the Dallas Cowboys Football Team and formerly for the Dallas Stars Hockey Team (1993-2011). He has served as a head team physician in professional sports (NFL and NHL) over three decades. In addition to his current affiliation with the Dallas Cowboys, Dr. Cooper is under contract as the exclusive US Consultant to Real Madrid Club Futbol in Liga BBVA of the Spanish Premier Division – the world’s #1 & 2 valued sports franchises. He serves as an independent consultant to numerous collegiate and professional teams, sports agents and their players. Dr. Cooper has published over 70 scientific articles and book chapters, and participated as faculty in over 50 instructional course lectures.
Dr. Cooper’s practice primarily focuses on minimally invasive arthroscopic and reconstructive surgical techniques for the knee and shoulder that restore stability and joint function in young athletic individuals. Dr. Cooper is an internationally known expert in the treatment of complex knee ligament injuries involving injury to the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and collateral ligaments, and his practice serves as a referral center for difficult and revision cases. Additionally, he is the inventor and co-developer of the new Single Portal Arthroscopy system (Stryker Endoscopy) that offers an innovative way to perform arthroscopic surgery with fewer incisions than ever before.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
Dr. Cooper was honored to receive the 2013 Jerry “Hawk” Rhea Award, which is presented annually by the National Football League’s Athletic Trainers Society to whom they consider to be the outstanding team physician in the NFL. In addition, he received the Excellence in Research Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for his post-graduate research related to graft strength for ACL surgery in the knee.
Dr. Cooper was named one of the Top 50 Knee Surgeons in America by Becker’s Healthcare Review. He has been elected by his physician peers to D Magazine’s annual edition of “Best Doctors in Dallas” 30 times, and has been listed numerous times by America’s Best Doctors and Texas Super Doctors. He was recently elected into the “Best Doctors Hall of Fame.”
Dr. Cooper is a leading contributor and Scientific Advisory Board member to the Multi-center ACL Revision Study (MARS), which was awarded the 2019 Kappa Delta Award for best research in orthopaedics by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, as well as the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s prestigious 2014 O’Donoghue Award for the best clinical research in sports medicine. Over his career in sports medicine, Dr. Cooper has received four different national awards for excellence in research related to ACL surgery.
Dr. Cooper’s paper, ACL Reconstruction in the NFL: A 25 Year Experience, received the Art Rettig Award for most outstanding paper presented at the 2016 NFL Physicians’ Society annual meeting.
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS:
Dr. Cooper is currently a lead investigator and Scientific Advisory Board Member for the award winning and NIH funded Multicenter ACL Revision Study (MARS), researching outcomes in over 1200 ACL revision surgeries. He has developed and published new techniques for PCL reconstruction in the knee, and he is the lead investigator in published technical and clinical studies related to single portal arthroscopy.
Dr. Cooper is an editorial reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Arthroscopic Surgery and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He has published over 70 scientific articles and book chapters as well as the textbook, Review of Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy in two editions.
A Dallas native, son of a physician and graduate of Highland Park High School, Dr. Cooper attended the University of Tennessee on full athletic scholarship, where he was a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate in 3 years, the captain of their top ten nationally ranked tennis team, holder of two Southeastern Conference tennis titles, and twice the recipient of the President’s Citation for Extraordinary Academic Achievement. He received an early acceptance to UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He was awarded the prestigious Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at Cornell University’s Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, which has repeatedly been named the #1 Orthopaedic Hospital in the country by US News. While there he trained on both the Sports Medicine Knee and Shoulder Services under the direction of Russell F. Warren, MD, the long time team doctor for the New York Giants and renowned pioneer of modern sports medicine research and surgical techniques.
Dr. Cooper is a founder and Board Chairman of the Carrell Clinic Foundation, a nonprofit public charity whose mission is to support charity care, research, education and patient advocacy in the field of musculoskeletal medicine. CCF and its partners assist qualified young orthopaedic patients by providing numerous types of surgeries and rehab, as well as prosthetic limbs for new amputees.
Dr. Cooper is devoted to his wife and three children, and enjoys as much golf and fishing as possible in whatever time there is to spare! Dr. Cooper wants his patients to also know that his employees are unsurpassed, each having over 30 years experience in their position and a genuine concern for helping others in their career. Our team of professionals remains committed to serving you in your orthopaedic needs by providing the highest quality of treatment and service.
University of Tennessee; Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; Alpha Omega Alpha
Orthopaedic Surgery -University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
The Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University Medical Center, New York City Specializing in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Knee and Shoulder
BOARD CERTIFICATION AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
Dr. Cooper was board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1992 and has recertified twice, most recently in 2022. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, the National Football League Team Physician Society. He is a former member of the National Hockey League Team Physicians Society and past president of the Texas Society of Sports Medicine.