Dr. Andrew S Cook

Dr. Andrew S. Cook


Location

Vital Health Institute
15055 Los Gatos Blvd. Suite 250
Los Gatos, California 95032-2025
United States
Phone: (408) 358-2511
Fax: (408) 358-1009

Professions

Physician, M.D.
Surgeon

Specialties

Endometriosis
Poly-cystic Fibrosis
Pain Management
Surgery
Hormone Therapy
Author
Public Speaker

Overview

Summary: 

Services Provided:

Medical and Prescriptive Patient Treatment
Surgical Treatment
Laparoscopic Surgery
Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology
Integrated Holistic Approach 

Stages of endometriosis treated: 

I Minimal A few superficial implants
II Mild - More and slightly deeper implants
III-Moderate - Many deep implants, small endometriomas on one or both ovaries, and some filmy adhesions IV Severe - Many deep implants, large endometriomas on one or both ovaries, and many dense adhesions, sometimes with the rectum adhering to the back of the uterus.
IV Severe - Many deep implants, large endometriomas on one or both ovaries, and many dense adhesions, sometimes with the rectum adhering to the back of the uterus.

Organ involvement treated:

• Ovaries 
• The outside surface of the uterus
• Fallopian tubes
• Ligaments supporting the uterus
• Internal region between the rectum and the vagina
• Lining of the pelvic cavity
• Intestines/Bowels

Credentials

Credentials: 

Current Positions
Medical Director, Vital Health Institute
Medical Executive Committee Menlo Park Surgical Hospital, Menlo Park, CA, 2000 to present
Board of Directors, Endometriosis Research Center, 1998 to present

Education
B.A. Chemistry. University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado. Graduated Magna Cum Laude, June 10, 1981.

Doctor of Medicine. Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Graduated May 21, 1985.

Internship and Residency, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wesley Medical Center, The University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, Kansas. Graduated June 30, 1989.

Fellowship, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Graduated June 30, 1991.

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards: 
  • Special Excellence in Endoscopic Procedures, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
  • Outstanding Contribution to Resident Research in Reproductive Endocrinology, The Women's Research Institute
  • Associate Member Prize Paper, 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
  • Della McDonald Memorial Scholarship
  • University of Northern Colorado Scholarship for Scholars
  • Colorado Undergraduate Scholarship

Certifications

Certifications: 

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology; Board Certified,
    December 9, 1994
  • Recertified, October 13, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility; Board Eligible, June 24, 1991; June 30, 1997

Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy Inc.

  • Advanced Operative Laparoscopy, Certified, September 20, 1996

Memberships in Professional Societies

Memberships in Professional Societies: 

American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopist (AAGL)
American Academy of Environmental Medicine
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
American Pain Society
American Academy of Pain Medicine
The Society of Reproductive Surgeons
CFIDS Association (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome)
Endometriosis Association
International Pelvic Pain Society
Interstitial Cystitis Association
National Vulvodynia Association
Pacific Coast Reproductive Society
Santa Clara County Medical Association
Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Vulvar Pain Foundation

Other Services

Other Services: 

Public Speaking

Faculty Participation Educator

Author 

Payment Options

Payment Options: 

When you're in pain and not sure if anyone will ever find the cause, the last thing you want to think about is dealing with your insurance company to cover the cost of your doctor's visits – you just want (and deserve) relief. But quite frankly, our country's medical insurance system is complex, hard to understand, and all too often frustrating. More and more of the top-quality doctors are deciding to go "out of network" to provide the care their patients deserve.

As a health care provider, Dr. Cook and Vital Health Institute had to make the decision to be an in-network provider or an out-of-network provider. The complexity of endometriosis and pelvic pain, along with ever-decreasing reimbursement rates from insurance companies, was preventing us from providing the services patients need.

At Vital Health Institute, we understand how frustrating this aspect of medical care can be, and we're dedicated to creating the most streamlined invoicing and payment process possible. For this reason we have contracted with North Medical Billing, a third-party billing service. North Medical covers every aspect of the insurance claim processing for VHI patients. This includes insurance verification, claim submission, tracking of payments and, if necessary, appealing claims denied by insurance companies on behalf of our patients.

Insurance companies rely on health care providers' and patients' lack of ability and resources to fight back. Doug North and this team at North Medical Billing are experts in the field of billing practices, and are available to help our patients work through their "explanation of benefits." They will gladly coordinate any response to your insurance company that may be necessary.

Vital Health Institute patients can contact Doug North at (408) 356-4959, extension 200 with any insurance questions or Kim at extension 212. If for some reason you have difficulty getting through to Doug or Kim, please contact Michelle, Dr. Cook's office coordinator, at (408) 358-2511.

Philosophy

Philosophy: 

Lack of disease does not equate to good health. At Vital Health Institute we offer a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive philosophical approach to the treatment of a wide range of women's health issues. While we are internationally known for our unique comprehensive approach to treating endometriosis and pelvic pain, we offer this same excellence of care to most women's health care issues, which are reflected in the range of health care programs offered at Vital Health Institute.

Dr. Cook earned his international surgical reputation by successfully treating some the most difficult cases of endometriosis. While his surgical expertise in treatment of endometriosis is vital, it is only a portion of the pelvic pain treatment program. Over the years, Dr. Cook has sought out the answers to treating all of the complex problems encountered with pelvic pain patients. Admittedly, these are some of the most difficult medical problems faced by physicians. Since no one approach to medicine provides satisfactory answers, Vital Health Institute has grown to encompass a truly unique philosophical comprehensive approach to health care. Application of this systematic comprehensive approach is providing our patients with levels of health and functioning not previously achieved with the routine single-minded approach commonly employed, whether it be traditional Western medicine or integrative alternative medicine.

The complexity of endometriosis and pelvic pain pushed Dr. Cook to adopt this wonderful new approach to medicine. It turns out that this approach works just as well for other, less complex medical problems faced by many women. Dr. Cook had to decide whether to limit the care provided by Vital Health Institute to just endometriosis and pelvic pain patients, or open the practice to all medical issues. He chose the latter. Thus, while we are an international endometriosis and pelvic pain treatment center treating the most difficult patients, we also strive to provide the best medical care to a wide range of women and their health care issues.

Endometriosis Services Provided

Endometriosis Services Provided: 

Consultation and Reviews for:

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