Immediate Past President

Dr. Neil D.J. Cooper, AMA Immediate Past President

Dr. Neil D.J. Cooper


Dr. Neil D.J. Cooper is the AMA Immediate Past President. He is a Pediatrician and Sports Medicine physician from Calgary. He graduated from University of Calgary Medical School in 1990 and completed pediatric residency at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in 1994 and Sports Medicine Diploma in 2007. Since 1994 he has had an active community pediatric and sports medicine practice. 

Dr. Cooper assumed office during the AMA Fall Representative Forum/Annual General Meeting, Saturday, September 16, 2017, in Edmonton. He was AMA's 2017-18 President.

A distinguished career

He is a clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary and is regularly involved in teaching medical students and residents.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Cooper has also been a consulting pediatrician with the Child Abuse Service at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and now the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre.

Dr. Cooper is Medical Director and Vice President for Dreams Take Flight, a charity that each fall takes about 150 challenged children on a one-day adventure of a lifetime to Disneyland.

An active AMA member

Dr. Cooper has been a member since 1990 when he graduated medical school and has held many positions within the association. To give just few examples:

  • Board of Directors
  • Representative Forum delegate
  • President and Fees Representative, Section of Pediatrics
  • Physician Office Systems Program: Deployment Committee, Vendor Qualifications Evaluations Committee and Office System Evaluation Committee
  • Relative Value Guide Committee
  • Physician Compensation Committee (now AMA CC)
  • Fee Advisory Committee

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