Cooper names U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Kristin Knapp, MD, ‘Armed Forces Person of the Year’ – Trentonian

CAMDEN — Cooper University Health Care has named Kristin Knapp, MD, a third-year general surgery resident and an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, as the 2022 Cooper Armed Forces Person of the Year.

“Dr. Knapp is an inspiration and outstanding leader who has made impressive contributions to Cooper, the community and the nation through her service as a physician and as a military officer and deserves this recognition from from his team members,” said Kevin O’Dowd, JD, co-CEO of Cooper.

“Completing a surgical residency while serving in the U.S. Army Reserves is already a formidable task, but Dr. Knapp goes above and beyond by volunteering as an educator in Cooper’s military training program while providing exceptional and compassionate care to our patients and their families,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, co-CEO of Cooper.

Dr. Knapp first came to Cooper while finishing medical school in 2019 on a traveling internship in Cooper’s emergency department. After rotations at Cooper’s Level 1 Trauma Center, she pursued a surgical residency and was eventually matched with Cooper, her first choice, through the National Residency Matching Program.

In September 2019, Dr. Knapp joined the U.S. Army Reserves and was commissioned as a Captain in August 2020. Since beginning her residency three years ago, she has made a positive impression on her team and peers at Cooper for his outstanding service. Between his surgical residency program and other commitments, Dr. Knapp volunteers time to teach hemorrhage control and general surgical techniques to trainees from all branches of the military and other government agencies as part of the Military, Diplomatic and Surgical Field Affairs program at Cooper. In her spare time, Dr. Knapp is a martial artist, survival instructor, farmer, and hobby beekeeper.

The Armed Forces Cooper Person of the Year Award was established in 2018 and is presented annually near Veterans Day. The award recognizes a member of the Cooper team who has made an outstanding contribution to the healthcare system, the community and the nation in support of Cooper’s mission: to serve, to heal, to educate.

Cooper is the primary university healthcare system and the only Level I trauma center for all of southern New Jersey. The busiest trauma center in the region, Cooper is also the only hospital in the United States to have trained elite medical providers from all branches of the military. several local, state and federal government agencies; and international partners through its military training program.

In March 2021, Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command, visited Cooper and said, “Everyone said we had to come to Cooper because Cooper is the best, and Cooper sets the pace. Thank you for your support of the United States Army and Armed Forces. You prepare all the soldiers who save lives in battle.

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