W. Carl Cooley, MD

Developmental Pediatrics & Medical Home Improvement


  • Fellow, Developmental Pediatrics, Dartmouth Hitchcock Med. Center, 1989
  • Resident, Pediatric Residency, University of MI Med. Center. 1976
  • M.D., Medicine University of PA, 1973
  • B.A., Child Psychology, Yale University, 1969

Professional Background

W. Carl Cooley, MD, is a developmental pediatrician and adjunct professor of pediatrics at the Dartmouth Medical School. He is the chief medical officer of the Crotched Mountain Foundation in Greenfield, NH and medical director of the Center for Medical Home Improvement. His clinical interests include Down syndrome, ASDs, neuromotor disabilities, and traumatic brain injury. His research interests focus on the redesign of primary care delivery systems in keeping with the medical home model and health care transition for youth and young adults with special health care needs. He is co-director of Got Transition – the new National Health Care Transition Center. He is co-author of Preventive Management for Children with Genetic Conditions – Providing a Primary Care Medical Home 2nd Edition (2006). He was named NH Pediatrician of the Year and received the first annual Calvin J. Sia Community Pediatrics Medical Home Leadership and Advocacy award from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Director’s Award from the United States MCHB. Dr. Cooley was a NH-ME LEND Fellow and a LEND Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1988-89.


The NH and ME Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration among Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine-Orono. The purpose of NH-ME LEND is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health.