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Dr. Robert Cook, MD

Allergist

Professional statement

Dr. Robert Cook and the staff of Central Texas Allergy & Asthma Center are dedicated to providing diagnosis and treatment of allergies and asthma for patients in Austin and surrounding communities. Dr. Cook holds certification from both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. His main area of highly trained expertise is the determination of the cause of allergies and asthma as they relate to the environment, food, drugs, and stinging insects. Dr. Cook graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed a three year internship and residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and a two year fellowship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Colorado. He has been recognized for his excellent practice as one of Austin Monthly’s Best Doctors, Texas Monthly's Super Doctors, America’s Top Physicians and U.S. News and World Report's Top Doctors.

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Specialties

  • Allergist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Saint David's Medical Center
  • Seton Medical Center Austin
  • University Medical Center at Brackenridge

Board certifications

  • American Board of Allergy and Immunology
  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Education and training

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Internship in Internal Medicine
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Residency in Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - University of Texas, Southwestern, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Colorado, Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology

Professional memberships

  • Texas Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
  • American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Awards and publications

  • US News and World Report's Top Doctors
  • Texas Monthly Super Doctor
  • America's Top Physicians
  • Austin Montlhy Best Doctors
  • Best Doctor In America

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1407813645

Office locations

Central Texas Allergy & Asthma Center

4150 North Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX 78756

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Office is incredibly efficient and organized. Dr Cook is a mad genius at sorting out allergies and asthma, and at getting the right mix of medications and/or treatment regimens to get nasty Austin allergies or allergic asthma under control.The waiting room is lovely, looking out over a garden. I’ve learned so much about my own blend of Austin allergies, and am feeling so much better than I have in years!
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Dr. Cook is very professional and takes time for thorough discussion with me, going over my patient notes and the exam. Under his care for several years, I have been able to keep seasonal allergy distress to a bare minimum followinghis recommendations for eye drops and over the counter allergy medication and use of saline nasal wash as I am not a candidate for allergy testing and shots because I have cardiomyopathy and take a beta blocker med. The office staff is top notch, too. And they came to my rescue is helping my ins. approve my eye drops. I am thankful for Dr. cook!
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Dr. Cook is very thorough, highly recommend!
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He listened to me and took the time to explain everything instead of just immediately prescribing drugs. It was a good experience.
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Dr. Cook was very helpful. My allergies have greatly improved from treatment with the allergy shots. Glad to be his patient.
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Dr Cook analyzed my problem that was something I never considered. He has prescribed a treatment plan. He is friendly and easy to understand. Dr Cook has treated me for allergies for three years and my allergies are completely under control.
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Dr. Cook is very knowledgeable, but I was frustrated that he didn't remember anything from my last appointment with him or the tests he had ran on me. I wish he had taken the time to look at my file andreview before meeting with me, because it felt like I was repeating myself a lot. I also hope he improves his timeliness, because this is the second time that I've had to wait almost an hour past my appointment time to meet with him. He's a good doctor, but these two things need to be improved.
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He was professional and courteous. My daughter is a bit hyper and he was very understanding. Gave me a lot of options in her treatment.
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Every single time I meet with Dr. Cook and his PA Rochelle, I learn something new about myself, central Texas allergens, or how to properly use the medications prescribed. Suffering from both allergies and asthma for over 50 years, going tosee Dr. Cook was the best thing I could have ever done for myself. Now, my allergies are under controlled, and my asthma has be greatly reduced. The staff is very professional and friendly, and the central location is convenient for my work.
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Professional and comprehensive as always
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I am very pleased. Dr. Cook explained everything thoroughly. I liked his assistant, she was very knowledgeable and friendly. I feel like I have a better grip on my condition and have a game plan.
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Dr. Cook is very thorough and professional. He listens attentively to everything you wish to relate about how you are feeling and what has been happening that may affect your well-being. I have great confidence in his treatment of my allergies and other symptoms that may arise.
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It was awesome. Dr. Cook and the staff were great, professional, very caring and derermined to find the correct diagnosis without leaving anything untouched.
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Doctor Cook is the finest Asthma doctor in Austin & Texas. I've had Asthma since I was 1 1/2 years old and have had plenty of doctor's in the past 68 years! He is a very thorough and compassionate doctor, whoreally wants to get your health back to 100%. Thanks Dr. Cook for giving back my breath. Sincerely, Jerry V
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The doctor was very thorough. He took the time to address my concerns and explanations were detailed. The front office staff was friendly and the medical assistants were knowledgeable and patient-friendly. Overall, the visit was highly positive. Dr. Cook has exceptional bedside manner!
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Dr. Cook relies far too heavily on the computerized 17-page form his patients have to fill out beforehand and not enough on a traditional approach of actually taking a patient's history while in the office. He tends to jump to flow-chartlike conclusions while not taking a holistic history. Moreover, even when patient elaborates or even contradicts his assertions, he sticks with preconceived ideas. Moreover, he does NOT listen well and goes on long tangents, even when patient indicates that they are already well educated on particular subjects. I found my visit frustrating, time consuming, and frankly, infuriating, and will not return to this office. Felt mansplained by this old-school doctor, despite being a professor. Can't imagine how he treats patients with less education.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Cook is extremely thorough an does not initially diagnose without ruling out other suspected causes with similar symptoms. I greatly appreciate the attention to detail he had with my concerns. He followed up with several questions andsuggestions. I'm certain that once we rule out other possibilities for my health concerns, he will accurately diagnose and treat my symptoms.
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Dr. Cook is very efficient in the physical examination and down to earth to deal with. Personally, enjoyable to interact with. Results of skin tests were thorough and well organized. Explanations clear. He was open to questions and providedexplanations that elaborated on results as I desired. His support staff was a well oiled machine, helpful and friendly. I was early to the appointment but that the provided time to update my records with them using their laptop computer. I was seen shortly after my actual appointment time. Overall, it was a good experience.
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Dr. Cook and his staff were friendly and efficient. Dr. Cook was precise. He discussed test results with me immediately.
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He was very thorough. Very satisfied with diagnosis.
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Dr. Cook and his staff were wonderful and caring. Everything done today was explained in a fine manner. I would highly recommend Dr. Cook to anyone suffering from allergies.
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Dr Cook is a very thorough, knowledgeable professional. He has earned my complete trust over 20 years of treatment. I give him my highest recommendation
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I have had issues with Dr. Cook's people skills from the beginning--always rushed even though they know when and why I am coming in, clearly doesn't care what I have to say, rather curt and dismissive. I am smarter than theaverage and have a fair knowledge of medicine and my own medical conditions and expect to be lessened to. Thinking about finding other doc. Staff is very sweet and helpful but sometimes seems to be less informed or efficient than I would like.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Cook and his entire staff are AWESOME! Dr. Cook is very knowledgeable, informative, and personable. During my visit today, the front office staff were very professional and courteous. The medical assistant, DeDe, was phenomenal!!
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Dr. Cook is very personable and an excellent physician. He is extremely knowledgeable and takes into account many more aspects of my health situation when discussing my allergy treatment. Shots and medication have made it possible for me to live in Austin for nearly 20 years now.
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Dr. Cook is probably the most thorough doctor I've ever been to, highly recommend!
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New medicaladvice and specialtest were grately helpful to ease myshortbreathness.
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Dr. Cook is excellent - thorough, proactive, professional and clearly up-to-date in his field. On this particular occasion I had a long-ish wait (for which he apologized) but usually that is not the case. I highly recommend him.
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Dr. Cook is never in a hurry and is always very informative and educational, as is his staff. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a specialist.
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He was very thorough, listened to and responded to all of my concerns, and gave me all of my data to take home with me. He did not try to upsell me on tests or procedures I did not need. Great experience.
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I pray that he is well! Just lost my primary dr and trust me- Dr Cook is a blessing! He spends the time with you , getting to know your history, symptoms, and giving diagnosis and complete instructions- comprehensive and gives the best care!.
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It was great, someone finally to told what could be wrong with my systems for mouths have been to my other Doctors until my Primary Care Dr. referred to Dr. Cook.
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Dr. Cook is an experienced physician who can put the issue of allergies in greater context with overall health. His initial consultation got me thinking about a lot of options. His explanations are thorough.
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At Dr. Cook's office, I always receive true CARE, in every sense of the word. Thank you!
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I appreciated being educated and understanding why a treatment is prescribed and how I can be proactive about my own behaviors to affect change. He took the time to kindly answer my questions and volunteered explanations of his own. Very thorough Doctor. Would recommend!
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Good doctor. Very attentive and thorough. Direct without being coarse about it. Would recommend to anyone.
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He talked over me and didn't let me finish explaining why I was there. He made recommendation for medicine for nose irritation when I said several times I don't have any problems with my nose or respiratory allergies (since he didn'tlisten I'm not surprised). This is one of those doctors that are too busy to take their time to listen for 5 min.
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This was my first visit to seek help with my allergy issues. Dr. Cook is very thorough, efficient, direct, and gets to the heart of the problem. I appreciate that he takes time to explain the treatment carefully, and the usageof the medications prescribed. My health concerns are not serious, but they are somewhat impacting my quality of life, and he understood that, and wanted to help to improve that for me as soon as possible.
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Dr. Cook was easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and friendly. He was not rushed, went over everything with me, and shared thorough information about treatment. Highly recommend, a great doctor.
More than 1 year ago
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The doctor and staff, at their base, exhibit professional competence. It is enhanced by a sense of genuine warmth toward the client(s) and efficiency of the support operations. This office exhibits these qualities to the degree I have foundonly at the Texas Medical Center and the Memorial Herman Hospital system in Houston.
More than 1 year ago
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I said my wait time was less than 30 minutes; however, I don't think this question is fair. I called today at 2:30 and got an appointment for 3:45. I expected an appointment later in the week. The fact that Iwas seen at ALL today was a blessing. Dr. Cook and his staff were absolutely wonderful. They did not rush me through the appointment; they explained my diagnosis, and they printed out information that will be helpful in the allergy seasons (which is pretty much EVERY season) here in Central Texas. I have recommended Dr. Cook and will continue to do so!
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This was my very first time here and Dr. Cook is a wonderful doctor who really cares about his patients. His bedside manner is very caring, calm, and detailed. He does not rush you and truly wants to help resolve yourhealth issues. The staff is amazing--all of them were super nice! I am very impressed and glad I came to this office!
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Cook was his typical professional and very thorough self. He's unflappable and focused. His exams and interviews are as in-depth as any medical professional's I've experienced. And, his team is friendly, helpful and very intent on providing a great customer experience.
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Very nice and professional. I did not feel rushed at all through this appointment.
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Excellent medic.
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I'm a longtime patient of Dr. Cook. Thorough, excellent diagnosis and care, staff is excellent, etc. Recent electronic medical records needs have made all medical 'provider' interactions less personal and his office is no exception. Thatsaid, their use of them is well done, necessary and helpful. Prescriptions are accurate and sent instantly, phone help is great, ability to see you on a difficult day are good. Highly recommended.
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Very knowledgeable and gives clear explanations.
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He is incredibly thorough and answered all of my questions. I really appreciated his patience and knowledge.
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Very thourgh comunicating information as well as tentative to your questions. He is not a rush you in/out Dr. I highly recomend Dr Cook.
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Dr. Cook saw me the same day that I called.
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