A passionate Surgeon dedicated to helping patients and families during crisis
Dr. Graham Cosper practices at Pediatric Surgical Associates, Charlotte, NC. He completed a 5-year General Surgery Residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina in 2007 and a Pediatric Surgery Residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 2009. Dr. Cosper received his Bachelor of Arts degree and M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Why Dr. Cosper was nominated:
- Dr. Cosper has a gift of establishing immediate trust with his patients and their families during times of physical and emotional crisis.
- He has a passion for teaching. As an attending surgeon in the Carolinas Medical Center’s General Surgery residency program, he plays an integral role in training the next generation of pediatric surgeons.
- Dr. Cosper goes on mission trips to further train medical staff in underserved populations. Most recently, he went to Kenya to train general surgery residents and pediatric surgery fellows.
We met Dr. Cosper moments before our son was taken into the OR for a major surgery, at just two days old. We were terrified and emotional, but his presence alone can only be described as peaceful. He assured us he would take excellent care of our child, and gained our trust immediately. We were unsure of our son’s prognosis prior to surgery, and when Dr. Cosper informed us of the positive news, he rejoiced with us. We could feel his genuine happiness and will forever be grateful that Dr. Cosper was the surgeon on call.”
In Dr. Cosper’s own words:
What does being a doctor mean to you?
There are lots of different aspects to being a doctor, including many that patients may not see. The clinical part is why we all went into medicine. It’s rewarding. Being able to fix a problem that a child is suffering from, that is so satisfying. One little thing I started doing a few years ago is trimming bandages into a heart shape when it’s appropriate, just an added personal touch to show that the surgical team really cares. But being a physician has become multifaceted. These days so many health care decisions are being made by people who are not health care providers. My group feels a duty to make sure those decisions are being made in the patient’s best interests whenever we can. Teaching is also an important part of being a physician. We do a lot of work with medical students and residents. It’s exciting to be involved with their development and see these future physicians progressing.”
Can you tell us about your community involvement or volunteer work?
I participate in an organization called the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons. Through them I have worked in Kenya to help promote the training of physicians in regions where they are badly needed. Here in Charlotte, I am involved with my church, and I work with a local pregnancy counseling center.”
How would you use the award money?
There are many different community development organizations I’m involved with. The families of several of my patients are involved with non-profit groups dedicated to children with cancer and other illnesses, helping families cover the huge expenses and other difficulties they face. There is also a Charlotte agency that supports Down syndrome children and their medical needs. And I would like to contribute to the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons and their work, which is making an enormous difference.”