Health equityPublished Dec 7, 2016
At the start of her medical career, Lisa Cooper saw some recurring themes with patients she worked with in Baltimore. For many, it seemed that the root of chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension lay less in actual medical conditions and more in their socioeconomic statuses—and the resulting stresses of their lifestyles. These types of questions have dominated Cooper's work. As a professor of general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins, she has focused on America's health disparities—the ways race and socioeconomic factors shape them, and the ways our health systems might help eliminate them. Now, with her new appointment as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Cooper gets to take that work to the next level.