Professor Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, FACP, faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Welch Center for Preservation, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, was installed as the James F. Fries Professor of Medicine yesterday, April 26, 2012, in a dedication held in the Portrait Room of the Welch Medical Library. Dr. Cooper was accompanied by her proud husband, son, mother, siblings, other family members, and friends.
Myron Weisfeldt, MD, Director of the Department of Medicine, William Osler Professor of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of Johns Hopkins Hospital welcomed the attendees then introduced and thanked Dr. Fries and his wife, Sarah Tilton Fries, for the generosity of their gift to the medical school, of which Dr. Fries is a graduate. Edward D. Miller, MD, Dean of the Medical Faculty and Chief Executive Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine spoke of the importance of endowed professorships to the University.
Dr. James Fries spoke of the happiness of “paying forward” to contribute to future advances in medicine through support of exceptional research and teaching while he and his wife could enjoy seeing their plans realized. He mentioned that the Fries Professorship was funded by the success of his book of medical advice for the layperson, Take Care of Yourself, now in its ninth edition. He emphasized the aptness of Dr. Cooper’s appointment to the chair that bears his name, citing their common research interests in the prevention of disease through identification and modification of disease risk factors.
Given the fact that besides Dr. Cooper’s faculty positions in the GIM Division and the Welch Center, she also holds joint appointments in the Department of Epidemiology and the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as being the founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities, it was thought that two speakers were necessary to recount the course of Dr. Cooper’s life, career, and accomplishments. Like Dr. Cooper, both speakers are professors in both the School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Daniel Ford, David M. Levine Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, Director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation spoke of Dr. Cooper’s childhood in Liberia, including the inspiration provided by her surgeon father, and of her education through college at Emory University and medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Lawrence Appel, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and International Health and Director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, recalled Dr. Cooper’s first years at Johns Hopkins, as a Fellow in the GIM Division. Both addressed the importance of Dr. Cooper’s work on disparities in health and health care.
Dr. Cooper then addressed the attendees and delivered an alphabetical poem to paint a picture of the important people, places and themes of her professional journey. The ceremony was followed by a gala reception.
Congratulations to Dr. Cooper!
Watch the Welch Center Photo Album for pictures of the event which will be posted soon.