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Lisa A. Cooper, MD

  • Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
  • Professor

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2024 E. Monument Street
Suite #2-500
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1993
MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1988
BA, Emory University, 1984


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 and the PI of a Center for Population Health and Health Disparities -- The Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Disparities -- funded by the NHLBI. She is currently Co-PI of a UH2/UH3 grant from NHLBI (Comparative Effectiveness of Health System Versus a Multilevel intervention to Reduce Hypertension Disparities). She also has a Mid-Career Investigator Award for Patient-Oriented Research and Mentoring in Cardiovascular Health Disparities from 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

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

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

Watkins-Saunders Award, American Heart Association

Fellow, American College of Physicians

Listed as one of 100 “History Makers in the Making” by 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

  • patient-centered care
  • patient attitudes
  • patient-physician communication
  • race
  • disparities
  • ethnic minorities, African Americans
  • depression
  • hypertension, primary care

Selected publications from the last 5 years

  • Cooper LA, Purnell TS, Ibe CA, Halbert JP, Bone LR, Carson KA, Hickman D, Simmons M, Vachon A, Robb I, Martin-Daniels M, Dietz KB, Golden SH, Crews DC, Hill-Briggs F, Marsteller JA, Boulware LE, Miller ER, Levine DM. Reaching for Health Equity and Social Justice in Baltimore: The Evolution of an Academic-Community Partnership and Conceptual Framework to Address Hypertension Disparities. Ethn Dis. 2016 Jul 21;26(3):369-78.
  • 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.