Lisa Cooper

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Lisa Cooper
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Born 1963
Nationality American
Fields Public health
Institutions Johns Hopkins University
Alma mater Emory University;
University of North Carolina;
Johns Hopkins University
Notable awards MacArthur Fellows Program

Lisa A. Cooper (born 1963) is a public health physician, and professor at Johns Hopkins.[1] She is the James F. Fries Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Vice President of Health Care Equity and Director of the Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.[2] She is also a core faculty member in the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. She holds joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and in the departments of Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, and Health, Behavior and Society in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.[3] She is internationally recognized for her research on the impact of race, ethnicity and gender on the patient-physician relationship and subsequent health disparities.[4]


Lisa was born in Liberia, West Africa, to a mother who was a reference librarian, and a physician father. She attended international schools in Liberia and Switzerland, before moving to the United States.[5] She graduated from Emory University with a B.A. and from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine with an M.D., and from the Johns Hopkins University with an M.P.H. in 1993. In 1999, she published findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association: race is a factor in health care.[6] "Her research program focuses on patient-centered strategies for improving outcomes and overcoming racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare."[7][8] Dr. Cooper has made significant contributions to diversity in the field of medicine. Internationally recognized on the effectiveness of patient-centered interventions for improving health outcomes and overcoming racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare, she has won numerous awards.[9]


Lisa Cooper’s research has focused on the physician-patient relationship and how gender, ethnicity and race factor into patient care.[10] She has pioneered approaches for reducing healthcare disparities across these populations through culturally tailored education programs and patient-centered communication training.[11][12] Her most impactful paper was a 1999 JAMA article demonstrating that minority patients found that their physicians did not involve them in the decision-making process. st to non-minorities who judged their physicians as including them in their medical decisionsare, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. This was in contrast to non-minorities who judged their physicians as including them in their medical decisions.[13] She has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles in top journals, including JAMA, the American Journal of Epidemiology, the American Journal of Public Health, Medical Care, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. She has an h-index of 67.[14]