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Walter P. Cooke Award

L. Nelson Hopkins
His innovations in the field of endovascular surgery have been the benchmark for therapeutic endovascular intervention. 

L. Nelson (Nick) Hopkins III, MD, is a physician scientist and medical pioneer who redefined the field of vascular neurosurgery in the management of stroke and stenting of vascular lesions. His innovations in the field of endovascular surgery have been the benchmark for therapeutic endovascular intervention. A Buffalo native, Hopkins graduated from Albany Medical College in 1969, then returned to Western New York to practice and to teach at UB. Chair of the neurosurgery department from 1989 to 2013, Hopkins was named a SUNY Distinguished Professor in 2013. Hopkins is a founder of the Global Vascular Institute at Kaleida Health, the Jacobs Institute, and the Toshiba Stroke and Vascular Research Center. Responsible for training a new generation of neurosurgeons and cardiologists, he has held national posts in his field, authored more than 300 publications, and received numerous awards for this work.  

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Walter P. Cooke Award

The Cooke Award recognizes notable meritorious contributions by non-alumni that influence the growth and improvement of UB, and inspire others to give their active interest and material support to the university.