EBR Coroner’s Race Drawing Attention

EBR Coroner’s Race Drawing Attention

Dr. Shannon Cooper Faces Two Opponents

CENTRAL — East Baton Rouge Parish coronor Dr. Shannon Cooper faces two opponents in the election this Saturday, Oct. 22.  Dr. Cooper and Dr. Beau Clark provided announcement statements relative to their candidacies.  The third candidate, Dr. Eric Tesche, did not submit a statement.

Dr. Shannon Cooper

EBR Coroner

Dr. Cooper’s father was a career Marine (an aircraft engine mechanic). As a result, Dr. Cooper grew up in several different parts of the country including North Carolina, Florida, California, and Hawaii. Everything he learned to do as a child was done at the side of a US Marine, from walking, bicycling, and baseball to Boy Scouts. He has a profound respect and admiration for the men and women who serve our country.

Dr. Cooper attended Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. earning early admittance to Tulane Medical School in 1964, graduating in 1968. As a Medical Officer in the US Navy for six years, he lived in New York City, Philadelphia, Pa., Albany, Ga., and Gulfport, Miss. After leaving the Naval Service, he returned to Charity Hospital in New Orleans to complete Residency training in Pathology. Upon completion Dr. Cooper practiced pathology in Pascagoula, MS for two years before joining Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. He served many roles in his 21 year career at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, including Medical Director and CEO.

Dr. Cooper attended Loyola Law School, graduating in 1986 and was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in that year.

Dr. Cooper’s additional qualifications include:

• Certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (1975)

• Certified in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine (1979)

• Diplomate of the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics

Dr. Cooper continues his involvement in the transplantation programs at Ochsner.

Shannon and his wife Pamela live in the Goodwood area of Baton Rouge. They enjoy entertaining friends and family, gardening, tennis, and other outdoor activities. Pamela Cooper is an artist and writer.

Pets are also very important members of the Cooper household. Shannon and Pamela, along with their dogs Ella and Milli, are advocates of the Companion Animal Alliance and the No Kill initiative.

Dr. William “Beau” Clark

EBR Coroner

At a news conference in downtown Baton Rouge, William “Beau” Clark, M.D. announced his bid to become East Baton Rouge Parish’s next coroner. Clark has already received the endorsement of the Baton Rouge Union of Police.

Dr. Clark’s platform is Dignity for the Dead, Compassion for their Families, Service to Law Enforcement, and Ensuring Integrity of the Coroner’s Office. “As an emergency room physician I am a compassionate individual who has assisted families at the worst possible times of their lives,” said Clark. “Because of my law enforcement experience, I understand how to work cooperatively with detectives to bring justice for victims and their loved ones.”

Dr. Clark has been an emergency room physician since 2003. Currently, he is the medical director for the Louisiana State Police SWAT Team and an assistant medical director for the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Special Response Team.  Previously, he served as the volunteer physician for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team.  Clark is also a 3rd degree black belt, an expert marksman, and an expert in terminal ballistics and lectures for the FBI Sniper School.

Four years ago Clark was selected as a Top 40 under 40 in Baton Rouge for his contributions to the Katrina relief effort in New Orleans.


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