Physician of the Year! Dr. William Cooke with Foundations Family Medicine in Austin, was awarded by Indiana Academy of Family Physicians at a conference at French Lick, as Physician of the Year, due to his continuum of practicing good health to citizens of Indiana.
Dr. Will Cooke was born and raised in Southern Indiana. When accepted to attend IU School of Medicine, he knew he wanted to provide care in an underserved rural community in Indiana. He was awarded the Primary Care Scholarship for his commitment to serving the impoverished. He graduated with honors in 2001 and within a few months started his Family Residency training at Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residence in Muncie, IN.
While in Muncie, he was recognized nationally for his work with patient education by being selected as a National Patient Education Scholar. He also developed and implemented an OB fellowship at his residency allowing him to be trained in high-risk obstetrics and C-sections.
He has many advanced procedural skills including but not limited to: colonoscopy, EGD, postpartum tubal ligation, LEEP, and vasectomy. He has been recognized by the State of Indiana with several awards including the "Star Performer" award for providing quality care. He is nationally recognized by the National Rural Institute on Alcohol & Drug Abuse with the Harold E. Hughes Exceptional Community Program Award. More recently, he was selected as a clinical scholar by the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center. He is an outspoken leader, speaker, and defender of rural healthcare.
Board Certified in Family Medicine, he is a specialist in the comprehensive treatment of complete families. He has worked hard to develop a team approach to offer a full spectrum of the highest quality medical care possible.
From Telehealth technology to mobile outreach clinics and developing unique collaborations, Dr. Cooke has been at the forefront of innovative approaches to tackle the unique challenges of serving a rural community with limited resources.