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Cooper Aakhus, M.D.

Professional Title
Leadership Position

Professional Education

Medical School

Medical School
Loyola Stritch School of Medicine

Undergraduate School

Undergraduate School
Boston College



Brainerd, MN



Hike, be outdoors, play with my dog, reading, amateur furniture building, photography and some late night video games!


Why did you choose UCLA for Residency?

I really wanted to find a program that was a good mix of both academic and county medicine, everyone talks about finding your "place" in EM and I wanted a program like UCLA that has so many opportunities that I could take my training and career wherever I want it to go. Also the people! Everyone was welcoming and great to talk to, I could really tell they cared about the residents and each other.


What is your favorite place to visit/thing(s) to do in/memory from living in LA? If you have never lived here before, what are you most excited about?

I am most excited about getting to the mountains for camping and hiking. Coming from the flat midwest I am so excited for some beaches and mountains.


What are your areas of interest within EM or future career plans? 

Not sure at this time. Still trying to figure that out, but I know that UCLA will get me where I want to be!


Where would we find you if not in the department?

You would fine me drinking way to much coffee, then finding the next hike to hit