Skip Navigation

Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Lisa Cooper
View Full CV

Specialties and Expertise

  • Disparities
  • Public Health
  • Social Determinants of Health


Lisa A. Cooper is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health and was recently appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) by President Joe Biden. One of the most prominent White House advisory panels, PCAST counsels the president on developments related to science, innovation, and technology, including health and medicine. Dr. Cooper is also James F. Fries Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and a core faculty member in the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. Dr. Cooper was born in Liberia, West Africa, where she witnessed the effects of social deprivation on the health of many of her fellow citizens and developed the passion for her career in medicine and public health. Currently, Dr. Cooper directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity. In 2011, Dr. Cooper has testified at U.S. Congressional hearings regarding health disparities, diversity in the health care workforce, cultural competency training of health professionals, and funding for biomedical research. She earned her MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health while completing a postdoctoral fellowship in general internal medicine at the School of Medicine.

Additional Resources

Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.

  • Publications/Research

    Cooper-Patrick L, Gallo JJ, Gonzales JJ, Vu HT, Powe NR, Nelson C, Ford DE. Race, gender, and partnership in the patient-physician relationship. JAMA. 1999 Aug 11;282(6):583-9. PubMed PMID: 10450723

    Cooper LA, Roter DL, Johnson RL, Ford DE, Steinwachs DM, Powe NR. Patient-centered communication, ratings of care, and concordance of patient and physician race. Ann Intern Med. 2003 Dec 2;139(11):907-15. PubMed PMID: 14644893

    Johnson RL, Roter D, Powe NR, Cooper LA. Patient race/ethnicity and quality of patient-physician communication during medical visits. Am J Public Health. 2004 Dec;94(12):2084-90. PubMed PMID: 15569958; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1448596.

    Cooper LA, Roter DL, Carson KA, Beach MC, Sabin JA, Greenwald AG, Inui TS. The associations of clinicians' implicit attitudes about race with medical visit communication and patient ratings of interpersonal care. Am J Public Health. 2012 May;102(5):979-87. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300558. PubMed PMID: 22420787; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3483913

    Cooper LA, Boulware LE, Miller ER 3rd, Golden SH, Carson KA, Noronha G, Huizinga MM, Roter DL, Yeh HC, Bone LR, Levine DM, Hill-Briggs F, Charleston J, Kim M, Wang NY, Aboumatar H, Halbert JP, Ephraim PL, Brancati FL. Creating a transdisciplinary research center to reduce cardiovascular health disparities in Baltimore, Maryland: lessons learned. Am J Public Health. 2013 Nov;103(11):e26-38. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301297. PubMed PMID: 24028238; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3828697

  • Awards/Honors
    • President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)
    • James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to Preventive Medicine, ACP
    • George Engel Research Award, American Academy of Communication in Healthcare
    • Member, American Association of Physicians
    • Fellow, American College of Physicians (ACP)
    • Member, American Society for Clinical investigation
    • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
    • Distinguished Alumni Award, Emory College
    • Fellow, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
    • Gilman Scholar, Johns Hopkins University
    • James F. Fries Professorship in Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • Member, National Academy of Science
    • Herbert W. Nickens Award for outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care equity in the United States, Association of American Medical Colleges
    • 100 “History Makers in the Making" by MSNBC's
    • Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University
    • Provost's Inaugural Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring, Johns Hopkins University
    • Provost's Inaugural Prize for Excellence in Diversity, Johns Hopkins University
    • Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1991
    • Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice Award, American Public Health Association