Dr. Lisa Cooper is the James F. Fries Professor of Medicine, and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in Health Equity at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health.  A general internist and social epidemiologist, Dr. Cooper was one of the first scientists to document disparities in the quality of relationships between physicians and patients from socially at-risk groups. She then designed innovative interventions targeting physicians’ communication skills, patients’ self-management skills, and healthcare organizations’ ability to address needs of populations experiencing health disparities. Currently, she directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity (formerly the Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities), where she and her team work with stakeholders from healthcare and the community to implement rigorous clinical trials, identifying interventions that alleviate racial and income disparities in social determinants and health outcomes. The Center also provides training to a new generation of scholars. A compassionate physician, prolific researcher, and devoted mentor, Dr. Cooper has received several honors for her pioneering work. These include a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and elected membership in the National Academy of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society.  Several community organizations have recognized her for engagement and advocacy.  Dr. Cooper received her B.A. in Chemistry from Emory University and her M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She received her M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health while completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Medicine.