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Scott Cochrane, MD


Scott Cochrane, MD

After a career of 26 years as a pediatrician at Holyoke Pediatrics, I retired at the end of 2019 looking forward to a retirement full of travel and adventures.  Then COVID arrived, keeping me mostly at home, realizing that retirement wouldn’t be quite as exciting as I had hoped.  So when Northampton Area Pediatrics contacted me asking if I’d like to work for them, I thought that this was a good time to go back to work part-time and have a “semi-retirement”.  So I’ve been working with them two days a week since May 2021.  It’s been really fun to get back to seeing kids again and meeting the very diverse families of the Northampton area.

I grew up in California and when I finished college, I studied to be a physical therapist.  I had a great 10-year career as a P.T. which allowed me to work in different parts of the country and it also took me around the world.  Most importantly, I met my wife, who is also a P.T., at work.  Most of my work as a physical therapist was with children.  After ten years I decided I wanted to take a broader role in children’s health care so I began medical school to become a pediatrician.  After medical school I did my residency in pediatrics at UMass Medical Center in Worcester and during that time my wife and I discovered the Pioneer Valley.  We decided it would be a great place to live and raise our two children and we’ve enjoyed living here ever since.  My children are now grown and I’m so proud of their accomplishments.  I now have a new grandson and what a joy it is to watch him begin to grow and develop!

Being a pediatrician is more than just a job.  It’s such a privilege to be allowed into the lives of families. I enjoy helping parents in their journey of raising their children, and I enjoy getting to know kids, with the goal of guiding them a bit through the process of growing up.  I have a special interest in children with developmental disabilities and in orthopedic problems.

When I’m not at work I enjoy swimming with a masters group at the Holyoke YMCA.  My wife and I enjoy hiking, bicycling, and visiting our grandson.  And, of course, we look forward to more traveling when it becomes possible.


  • Undergraduate: University of California, Bachelor of Science in child development, Davis, CA, 1974
  • Graduate: Stanford University, Master of Arts in physical therapy, Stanford, CA, 1976
  • Medical School: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1990
  • Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA, 1990-1993

Memberships and Certifications

  • Board certified in Pediatrics


  • Hiking, biking and travel