Lisa A. Cooper, MD
Director, Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Disparities
Center & Institute Affiliation(s):
Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, & Clinical Research
2024 East Monument Street, Suite 2-500
Baltimore , Maryland
Dr. Cooper’s research program focuses on patient-centered strategies for improving outcomes and overcoming racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare. She has conducted several observational studies to explore and better define barriers (e.g., patient attitudes, beliefs, and preferences) to equitable care across racial and ethnic groups and mechanisms for disparities in health status and healthcare (e.g., patient-physician communication, race discordance between patients and physicians). Dr. Cooper was the principal investigator of two randomized trials [funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of interventions to improve quality of care and outcomes for patients with hypertension and depression in primary care settings. She also has a Mid-Career Investigator Award for Patient-Oriented Research in Cardiovascular Health Disparities from the NHLBI and is the PI of a Center for Population Health and Health Disparities -- The Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Disparities -- funded by the NHLBI.
Dr. Cooper’s research links patient and clinician attitudes and behaviors with health outcomes; her work continues to inform the training of physicians and the institutions in which they practice to deliver high quality, equitable care to increasingly diverse patient populations.
Honors and Awards
Fellow, Picker/Commonwealth Scholars Program in Patient-Centered Care Research, The Commonwealth Fund
Harold Amos Scholar, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation
Herbert W. Nickens Award for exceptional commitment to cultural diversity in medicine and improving minority health, Society of General Internal Medicine
Fellow, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
Member, National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine
George Engel Research Award, American Academy of Communication in Healthcare
Fellow, American College of Physicians
Listed as one of 100 “History Makers in the Making” by MSNBC’s theGrio.com
Distinguished Alumni Award, Emory College
Gilman Scholar, Johns Hopkins University
James F. Fries Professorship in Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
patient-centered care; patient attitudes; patient-physician communication; race; disparities; ethnic minorities, African Americans; depression; hypertension, primary care
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.
Haider AH, Sexton J, Sriram N, Cooper LA, Efron DT, Swoboda S, Villegas CV, Haut ER, Bonds M, Pronovost PJ, Lipsett PA, Freischlag JA, Cornwell EE 3rd. Association of unconscious race and social class bias with vignette-based
clinical assessments by medical students. JAMA. 2011 Sep 7;306(9):942-51.
Thornton RL, Powe NR, Roter D, Cooper LA. Patient-physician social concordance, medical visit communication and patients' perceptions of health care quality. Patient Educ Couns. 2011 Dec;85(3):e201-8.
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.
Bleich SN, Simon A, Cooper LA. Impact of patient-provider race concordance on rates of weight-related counseling in visits by black and white obese individuals. Obesity 2011 Jan 13. [Epub ahead of print].