Biography of Virginia L. Cooper

Virginia Cooper is Senior Associate General Counsel for Healthcare and Litigation at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois where she has practiced since April 19, 2005.  Ms. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Loyola University of Chicago and a Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law. In March 2009, Ms. Cooper received her certification in healthcare compliance administered by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB).

Ms. Cooper is primarily responsible for the oversight and management of litigation pertaining to healthcare and medical malpractice issues, brought against or on behalf of the SIU School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry or the School of Nursing. She also is Chair of the SIU Risk Management Committee.  She advises on issues related to healthcare compliance and provides in house training to faculty and residents on a variety of topics related to medical legal issues.

Ms. Cooper has extensive experience both as a medical professional and as a legal practitioner.  Prior to becoming an attorney, she practiced as a critical care nurse and as a surgical nurse for more than fifteen years.  In addition, Ms. Cooper has more than fifteen years experience as a medical malpractice litigator. Prior to moving to Springfield she was employed for ten years as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County, in Chicago Illinois where she defended Cook County employed medical professionals in medical malpractice/professional negligence litigation at its medical facilities, including John H. Stroger Hospital (formerly Cook County Hospital), Provident Hospital, Oak Forest Hospital and Cermak Health Services.

In October 2008, she was appointed by the Governor to the Mid-Illinois Medical District Commission.  The law requires that the Commission be comprised of eleven commissioners with the responsibility providing for the orderly creation, maintenance, development and expansion of health care facilities, medical research and high technology parks.