Dr Dwaine Cooke is a Consultant Neurosurgeon (Brain and Spine Surgeon) offering services to the Health Services Authority in the Cayman Islands Hospital.
Dr Cooke has done thousands of surgeries prior to his tenure at the HSA. He received his medical degree from the University of the West Indies- Mona, Jamaica, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery having received numerous honors and distinctions. He earned his Doctor of Medicine in Neurosurgery at the University of the West Indies-Mona along with an Enfolded Fellowship in Neurosurgery at the Halifax Health Sciences, Nova Scotia, Canada. He also completed an Epilepsy Surgery Fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital, Connecticut, USA.
He worked as a neurosurgeon in Jamaica at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), Bustamante Childrens Hospital (BCH), Andrews Memorial and Medical Associates Hospital. His position as a neurosurgeon allowed him to perform groundbreaking neurosurgical procedures and train residents and medical students.
He served as Joint Head of the Epilepsy Surgery Programme at KPH and BCH where he established an epilepsy surgery programme and commenced the multidisciplinary management of potential surgical treatment of drug resistant epilepsy candidates, the first of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. He has served as the Caribbean representative of the Young Epilepsy Section (International League Against Epilepsy) and presently serves as the vice president of the Epilepsy Society of the Caribbean. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Neurosurgery is my passion. Although operating on the brain and spinal cord involves many complex procedures, I perform every surgery with precision, patience, skill, temperance and with my patients future in mind, noted Dr Cooke. Its a pleasure to join the medical team at the HSA. I am touched by the positive feedback Ive received from my patients and colleagues.
Dr Cooke treats multiple diseases affecting the brain and spine including tumours and infections, head injuries, seizures, intracranial bleeding and swelling, degenerative diseases of the spine, such as a slipped disc, back pain and nerve pain. He specialises in epilepsy surgery, which seeks to surgically remove tumours and other causes of seizures that are unresponsive to regular treatment.
Prior to joining the HSA, Dr Cooke led a medical team that successfully performed a groundbreaking brain surgery in June 2020 on a patient at the Kingston Public Hospital who had a tumour sitting on the brain over the area that controls speech. He and his team performed the surgery with the patient fully awake, allowing them to communicate with her throughout the procedure. The outcome was the successful preservation of the patients speech and her ability to sing.
University of the West Indies Mona
University of the West Indies Mona
Credentials and Certifications
Neurosurgery (Brain and Spine)
Epilepsy Surgery (Yale College of Medicine, Connecticut)
Enfolded Fellowship Neuro-oncology, Neurovascular, Spine (Dalhousie, Nova Scotia)
University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences
Medical Council of Jamaica
Degenerative Disorders of the Spine including Disc Disease, Sciatica, Facet arthropathy
Tumors of the brain and spine
Abscess, Discitis, Osteomyelitis of the Spine
Congenital Malformations of the Brain and Spine including Chiari, Encephalocele, Meningomyelocele
Epilepsy Disorders Requiring Surgery
Intracranial Hemorrhage, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
Berry Aneurysms and other Vascular Malformations
Cauda Equina Syndrome
Compression Fractures of Spine
Spinal Cord Compression
Head Trauma- Skull Fracture, Epidural, Subdural Hematoma, Brain Contusions