R. James Cook (US Army, Retired)
Director of Medical Outreach and International Medicine
Having recently served as the Director of Admissions and Student Services, Mr. Cook has accepted a new role within LUCOM; the Director of Medical Outreach and International Medicine. As the new Director, he works with the administration in the development of national and international medical outreach, patient care, and ministry opportunities for the students, faculty, and staff of LUCOM.
Mr. Cook also supervises the logistical support, planning, and operations of short-term medical outreach events, as well as, developing long-term clinical opportunities for the student doctors during their third and fourth clinical years. He also assists in the development and operation of longer-term partnerships with affiliates, such as Hope of Life International.
Working closely with the Office of the Dean, Mr. Cook also serves in the development and partnerships of clinics and hospital services with groups in Guatemala and Honduras, and in the years to come, South America, Africa, and Asia; such sites will provide medical education and service opportunities for COM student doctors.
James has had numerous military leadership positions. He was a Team Sergeant of Special Operations Team – Alpha of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Brigade S3 (Director of Operations) for the Army Air Operations Group at Fort McNair, Washington D.C., and a Battalion Executive Officer for the 12th Aviation Battalion located at Fort Belvoir, Va. James’ specialty schools include, Ranger, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Army Aviation Rotary Wing Qualification in V/UH60A/L Blackhawk, CH47D Chinook, UH1 Huey, and Defense Language Institute for Spanish.
Among James’ assignments were Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Joint Task Force – Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Bagram Army Airfield, Afghanistan.
After retiring, James and his family moved to Lexington, Va., where James is the Chair and Executive Director of Rock Bridge Family Services, a Not-for-Profit to help families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. He is a Rotarian with the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club, and serves on numerous boards.
James taught at the Virginia Military Institute and was the COO of a manufacturing company before joining the team at LUCOM.
James is married to the former Patricia (Patti) Ann Laskoski of Kearny, New Jersey. They have three children, Robert Jr., Jacob, and Sarah. Addie is the latest member of their family and is a Golden-Doodle dog.
On his free time, James travels to Guatemala to help Mayan villages receive medical care they normally would not receive.