Dr. Thomas Cooney

Dr. Thomas Cooney
Thomas G. Cooney, MD, MACP
Vice Chair for Education
Professor of Medicine
Staff Physician, Portland VA Medical Center




B.S. - Biology - College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia., 1971
M.D. - Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., 1975


Internal Medicine - Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California, 1975-1978
Chief Resident - Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California, 1978-1979

Research Interests:

  • Medical Education
  • Health Policy related to Graduate Medical Education
  • Commonly encountered Medical Problems

Clinical Interests

Primary Care Medicine


Dr. Cooney is Professor of Medicine and Vice Chairman for Education for the Department of Medicine. He served as the Residency Program Director from 1984 to 2010.

His clinical interests have focused on common medical problems faced by primary care physicians and he has published extensively in these areas, including pressure sores, the swollen leg, medical problems of the male homosexual, HIV infection, and headache.

Dr. Cooney’s research interests have focused largely on medical education and health policy related to graduate medical education. Research has included observational, interventional and questionnaire based studies. Funding has included support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the federal Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr).

Dr. Cooney is a past president of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, past Chair of the Federated Council of Internal Medicine (ABIM, ACP-ASIM, APM, ASP, SGIM, APDIM), and past Chair of the Advisory Committee for NaSGIM, the National Study of Graduate education in Internal Medicine.

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