Lisa A. Cooper was named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.She is the 25th scholar to be named a Bloomberg Professor at the university. The professorships – slated to include 50 scholars when completely filled – were made possible by a $350 million gift from alumnus and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Dr. Cooper has been serving as the James F. Fries Professor of general internal medicine at the university. She is the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities.
Dr. Cooper will now establish a new Institute for Equity and Health at the university. She says that “with the Bloomberg professorship comes the opportunity to create broader and deeper collaborations to have more significant impact. We want to see researchers, clinicians, educators, and administrators aligning their efforts with community stakeholders, to create lasting changes.”
Cooper intends to develop and teach a new course to equip scholars to conduct rigorous research that can translate into real-world practice and policy. The class will feature case-based learning and lessons from the field, tailoring new interventions for individuals and groups and using new measures for social and environmental health determinants.
Professor Cooper is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta and earned her medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University.