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Lisa Angeline Cooper, M.D., M.P.H.

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Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Health and Healthcare Equity

Professor of Medicine


Languages: English, French

Expertise: Epidemiology, Health Services Research, Hypertension, Primary Care

Research Interests: Race/ethnic health disparities; Patient-centered care; Patient-Physician relationship and communication


Johns Hopkins Community Physicians East Baltimore Medical Center

1000 E. Eager Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 map

Contact for Research Inquiries

Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities
2024 E. Monument Street
Suite 2-500
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-3659

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Dr. Lisa A. Cooper is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is also the James F. Fries Professor of Medicine, in the Division of General Internal Medicine and a core faculty member of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research. She has primary appointments in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health and a joint appointment in the School of Nursing.

The author of over 170 research articles and several book chapters, and the principal investigator of 15 research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and several private foundations, she is an internationally recognized expert on the effectiveness of patient-centered interventions (e.g., physician communication skills and cultural competence training, patient shared decision-making and self-management skills training) for improving health outcomes and overcoming racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare. Dr. Cooper has received several awards for her work in health disparities, including election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2007, Dr. Cooper was a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur; in 2012, she was named to an endowed professorship, the James F. Fries Professorship in Medicine, at Johns Hopkins; and in 2016, she was named the University's 25th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor.

Dr. Cooper has made important contributions to diversity initiatives in medicine. In 2006, she received the Herbert Nickens Award for exceptional contributions to cultural diversity in medicine from the Society of General Internal Medicine. In addition, she has helped Johns Hopkins prioritize its activities to promote a more diverse and inclusive environment, deliver equitable care to patients, and engage the community.

Dr. Cooper has served on the boards of several community organizations and institutions, including Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Maryland and the Liberia Renaissance Foundation and the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. She has received awards for community partnership and advocacy in Baltimore from the Mental Health Association of Maryland; Bethel AME Church; Associated Black Charities; the National Coalition of 100 Black Women; and Monumental Medical Society. In February 2010, she was listed as one of The Grio's 100 History Makers in the Making. In 2011, she was appointed by Governor O'Malley to the Maryland Health Care Quality and Costs Council where a special workgroup on disparities made recommendations leading to the passage of the Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act of 2012. In 2013, she was honored with the Watkins-Saunders Award from the American Heart Association for excellence in clinical, medical, and community work focused on diminishing healthcare disparities in Maryland. Dr. Cooper has testified at U.S. Congressional hearings regarding health disparities, diversity in the healthcare workforce, cultural competency training of health professionals, and funding for biomedical research.

Dr. Cooper is also a devoted mentor to faculty, post-doctoral fellows, residents, public health, nursing, medical, and undergraduate students. She is the principal investigator of an NIH-funded research and training Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (The Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Disparities). The Center's goal is to lower the impact of cardiovascular health disparities on vulnerable populations in Baltimore by using principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR) to build strong ties among researchers, healthcare provider networks, community members, and policy-makers. more


  • Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Health and Healthcare Equity
  • James F. Fries Professor of Medicine
  • Director, Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities
  • Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
  • Core Faculty, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
  • Vice President, Health Care Equity for Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine (1988)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (1991)

Additional Training

  • M.P.H, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, (1993)
  • B.A, Chemistry, Emory College, Atlanta, Georgia, (1984)
  • Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1994)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trial Keywords

hypertension, cardiovascular disease, healthcare disparities, quality improvement, patient-physician communication, patient-centered care, cultural competence, community-based participatory research, pragmatic trials, comparative effectiveness trials

Clinical Trials

The Rich Life Project

Project ReD CHiP

The Bridge Study

The Patient-Physician Partnership Study

Selected Publications

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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

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research (410.635.11)
    Health, Behavior, and Society Summer Institute
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    2017 - 2017

Activities & Honors


  • 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


  • American College of Physicians
  • Society of General Internal Medicine

Professional Activities

  • Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Scholar, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Fellow, Picker/Commonwealth Scholars Program in Patient-Centered Care Research, The Commonwealth Fund

Videos & Media

Lisa Cooper, JHU Researcher - United for Medical Research

Public Health Physician Lisa Cooper: 2007 MacArthur Fellow

The Psychology of Blink: Understanding How Our Minds Work Unconsciously - Part 2 of 2

Solving the Health Disparities Conundrum: Race Relationships and Quality of Health Care

Tackling Ethnic Health Disparities: Lisa Cooper at TEDEx Baltimore 2014

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