Tracy Coogler, who treated burn victims and cancer patients at Comer Children’s Hospital, dies


Dr. Tracy K. Koogler is a pediatrician at the Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago Medical Center, treating children suffering from severe burns, treating cancer patients, and taking an active interest in medical ethics. was maintained.

“Tracy was an extraordinary physician who was an innovator in the care of children with severe burns,” said C.

Coogler, 56, died at his mother’s home in Virginia on December 28 from complications of glioblastoma. She was a South Loop resident.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, Coogler received a BS in Biomedical Ethics from Davidson College in North Carolina. The major was her own invention, and according to her mother, she was also her trainer at the athletics department of the university.

She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1992, completed a pediatric residency at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and completed a pediatric critical care fellowship at the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital.

In 1998, Coogler moved to Chicago to take up a position as a clinician and professor at C University. While there, Coogler focused on improving care for pediatric patients suffering from severe burns.

Koogler was Assistant Director of the McLean Center for Clinical and Medical Ethics at University C and Co-Director of the Medical Center’s Clinical Ethics Consulting Service. Since 2007, Coogler has served on the University of C’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB reviews protocols to ensure that patients participating in research studies are informed and protected. She became Vice-Chairman of its Board in 2011.

“Tracy was dependable, smart and colleague,” said Dr. Rainie Ross, who until January was Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum’s professor of clinical ethics at C. University. “She also loved her job at IRB, she was incredibly good.”

Dr. K. Sarah Hoehn, a pediatric intensive care unit physician at C.C., said Coogler’s work ethic is “second to none.”

“She was particularly adept at helping families and medical teams get through very difficult situations,” says Hoehn. “And she had compassion and empathy for patients in difficult situations. Her lived experience as a cancer patient made her even more empathetic.”

In 2012, Coogler and Ross co-authored an academic paper that raised the issue of classifying congenital syndromes as fatal anomalies when many congenital syndromes are no longer necessarily fatal. The paper argued that the use of such language implied a medical decision as to what the actual judgment about the child’s quality of life was.

They wrote that such imprecise language could adversely affect how clinicians make decisions about how to treat such children.

Coogler is an advocate for organ donation and served on the advisory board of the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, a non-profit organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation in Illinois and northwestern Indiana.

Coogler had a rare genetic predisposition to cancer called Li-Fraumeni syndrome, according to his mother. Her mother said she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016 and glioblastoma in 2019. Through those struggles, she never left her job, her mother said.

The U. of C. has presented Coogler with its Distinguished Clinicalian Award in 2020.

Coogler is also survived by a brother, William Todd. and his special friend, Marc Schimmerpfennig.

Worship was held.

Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.

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