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Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH '93, works to advance health equity with scholarship on racial disparities in patient-physician communication and community-informed interventions.

Contact Info

2024 E. Monument Street, Suite #2-500

Research Interests

patient-centered care; patient attitudes; patient-physician communication; race; disparities; ethnic minorities; African Americans; depression; hypertension; non-communicable diseases; primary care; global health; health equity
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Emory University
Dr. Lisa Cooper (she/her) is a Liberian-born general internist, social epidemiologist, and health services researcher. She was one of the first scientists to document disparities in the quality of relationships between physicians and patients from socially at-risk groups. She then designed innovative interventions targeting physicians’ communication skills, patients’ self-management skills, and healthcare organizations’ ability to address needs of populations experiencing health disparities. She is the author of over 200 publications and has been the principal investigator of more than 20 federal and private foundation grants. She has also been a devoted mentor to more than 75 individuals seeking careers in medicine, nursing, and public health.

Dr. Cooper has received several honors for her pioneering research, teaching, and mentoring. She has also been recognized by several community organizations for her community engagement and advocacy to address health disparities. Currently, Dr. Cooper directs The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, where she and her transdisciplinary team work with stakeholders from healthcare and the community to implement rigorous clinical trials, identifying interventions that alleviate racial and income disparities in social determinants and health outcomes. The Center also provides training to a new generation of health equity scholars and advocates for social change with policymakers.
Honors & Awards
2007 Fellow, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Member, National Academy of Medicine
Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation
Member, Association of American Physicians
Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
Herbert W. Nickens Award, American Association of Medical Colleges
Herbert W. Nickens Award, Society of General Internal Medicine
Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice Award, American Public Health Association
Picker/Commonwealth Scholar in Patient-Centered Care Research, The Commonwealth Fund
Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Scholar, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
George Engel Research Award, American Academy of Communication in Healthcare
James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to Preventive Medicine, American College of Physicians
Fellow, American College of Physicians
Watkins-Saunders Award, American Heart Association
One of 100 “History Makers in the Making”, MSNBC’s
Distinguished Alumni Award, Emory College
Gilman Scholar, Johns Hopkins University
James F. Fries Professorship in Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University
David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award, Department of Medicine
Sponsorship Award, Department of Medicine Task Force on Women’s Academic Careers in Medicine
Vice-Dean’s Award for the Advancement of Women in Science, School of Medicine
Provost’s Inaugural Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring, Johns Hopkins University
Provost’s Inaugural Award for Excellence in Diversity, Johns Hopkins University
Excellence in Teaching, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Select Publications
Selected publications from the last 8 years
  • Cooper LA, Marsteller JA, Carson KA, Dietz KB, Boonyasai RT, Alvarez C, Ibe CA, Crews DC, Yeh HC, Miller ER 3rd, Dennison-Himmelfarb CR, Lubomski LH, Purnell TS, Hill-Briggs F, Wang NY; RICH LIFE Project Investigators. The RICH LIFE Project: A cluster randomized pragmatic trial comparing the effectiveness of health system only vs. health system Plus a collaborative/stepped care intervention to reduce hypertension disparities. Am Heart J. 2020 Aug;226:94-113.
  • 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.
  • Cooper LA, Ghods Dinoso BK, Ford DE, Roter DL, Primm AB, Larson SM, Gill JM, Noronha GJ, Shaya EK, Wang NY. Comparative effectiveness of standard versus patient-centered collaborative care interventions for depression among African Americans in primary care settings: the BRIDGE Study. Health Serv Res. 2013 Feb;48(1):150-74.
  • 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):979-987.
  • Cooper LA, Roter DL, Carson KA, Bone LR, Larson SM, Miller ER 3rd, Barr MS, Levine DM. A randomized trial to improve patient-centered care and hypertension control in underserved primary care patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Nov;26(11):1297-304.
Five Plus Nuts and Beans for Kidneys Trial
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity