Check out the fall issue of Brigham Health magazine for a conversation with CSPH Kessler Director Zara Cooper, MD, MS, on her work at the intersection of trauma, surgery, and palliative care.
What prompted you to go into medicine?
I was working in advertising and volunteering for an organization raising funds for ALS research. I interviewed a neurologist researcher for a story on our website, and the way he talked about his patients was so compelling. When I told my dad, who’s an immigrant, that I wanted to be a doctor, he couldn’t believe it. He said, “What are you doing? You have a good job! Can’t you just go volunteer in a soup kitchen?”