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GIM faculty member Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, the James F. Fries Professor of Medicine, is the inaugural recipient of the American Heart Association’s Watkins-Saunders Award. The award was presented to her at the recent Baltimore Heart Ball. The award recognizes excellence in clinical, medical, and community work focused on diminishing healthcare disparities in Maryland. Dr. Cooper is the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities, a collaboration among the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and Johns Hopkins Community Physicians.
Dr. Cooper trained with Dr. Elijah Saunders when she was a resident at the University of Maryland Medical Center and with Dr. Levi Watkins during her early years as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins. She describes herself as “honored and humbled” to receive this award that bears both their names. See a photo of the award presentation below.
Local press coverage of Dr. Cooper being honored with this award can be seen at these sites:
The Afro, February 27, 2013
The Baltimore Sun, March 10, 2013
Photo of the Watkins-Saunders Award presentation at the 29th Annual Baltimore Heart Ball: