Dr. Lisa Cooper is the James F. Fries Professor of Medicine, a Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, and Vice President of Health Care Equity for Johns Hopkins Medicine. She also holds primary appointments in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health and a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Dr. Cooper was born in Liberia, West Africa, where she witnessed the effects of social deprivation on the health of many of her fellow countrymen and developed the passion for her career in medicine and public health.
A general internist, social epidemiologist, and health services researcher, and the author of over 170 research articles and several book chapters, Dr. Cooper has been the principal investigator of grants from NIH, AHRQ, PCORI, and several private foundations. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of behavioral interventions enhancing physician communication skills, health professional cultural competence, and patient shared decision-making and self-management skills to improve health outcomes and reduce racial and income disparities in healthcare. She also has a Mid-Career Investigator Award for Patient-Oriented Research in Cardiovascular Health Disparities from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and has been a devoted mentor to more than 50 junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, residents, public health, nursing, and medical students, undergraduates, and high school students seeking careers in medicine, nursing, and public health.
Dr. Cooper has received numerous awards for her pioneering research, including a prestigious MacArthur (“Genius Grant”) Fellowship, elected membership in the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Association of Physicians, and Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society. She has received the Herbert Nickens Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine as well as the American Association of Medical Colleges for outstanding contributions to promoting social justice in medical education and health care equity. Dr. Cooper has also received the George Engel Award from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for outstanding research contributing to the theory, practice and teaching of effective healthcare communication and she has been recognized by several community organizations for her engagement and advocacy.
Dr. Cooper received her B.A. in Chemistry from Emory University and her M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland Hospital and Baltimore VA Medical Center. She received her M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health while completing a postdoctoral fellowship in general internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.