Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, is an internal medicine physician, social epidemiologist, and health services researcher who was born in Liberia. She was among the first to document how doctor-patient relationships can help overcome racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare.

  • One of the nation’s leading researchers and practitioners in the field of health equity, having designed innovative approaches to improve physicians’ communication skills, patients’ self-management skills, and the ability of healthcare organizations to address the needs of populations experiencing health disparities.
  • Recipient of numerous awards, including the American Public Health Association Helen Rodríguez-Trías Social Justice Award.
  • Awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2007.
  • Author of the book Why Are Health Disparities Everyone’s Problem?.
  • Member of U.S. National Academy of Medicine.

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