Title: Professor Emeritus, Cardiologist (Stroke Prevention)
Company: University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Edward S. Cooper, MD, Professor Emeritus and Cardiologist (Stroke Prevention) at the University of Pennsylvania, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical care and education.
Dr. Cooper’s life has been changed by the health care industry in numerous ways. While always wanting to serve his community, it was his own near-death experience with severe pneumonia during his internship at the former Philadelphia General Hospital that crystallized his thoughts on studying and focusing on cardiovascular diseases with emphasis on stroke. What has ensued is a rewarding career spanning more than five decades.
He became a member of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1958, and remained at the institution in positions of increasing rank until becoming Professor Emeritus in 1996. In addition, he has been a fellow and occasionally board member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia since 1959. Furthermore, Dr. Cooper has cared for many patients at the Philadelphia General Hospital, the former Mercy Douglass Hospital and, since 1965, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In pursuit of a career in medicine, Dr. Cooper’s first step was to earn an AB from Lincoln University (PA) with high honors in 1946. He continued his education and training at Meharry Medical College, receiving an MD with highest honors in 1949. He continued honing his skills and experience with an internship, residency and National Heart Institute fellowship in cardiology at the Philadelphia General Hospital. In 1974, he was recognized with an honorary master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and in 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Meharry Medical College.
One of the highlights of Dr. Cooper’s career was his ability to help people in underserved communities to learn about stroke and its devastating relation to cardiovascular health. He feels empowering others on their own health has been a major contribution and one he reflects most proudly on.
Another highlight of Dr. Cooper’s career is that he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for 20 years, notably during this turbulent period of health care reform. He was on the Board of Directors of Independence Blue Cross from 1974 to 2016 and thereafter, a member of its Advisory Board. He has a named professorship in his honor at Penn’s medical school and an American Heart Association Edward S. Cooper Award given yearly to Philadelphia’s most outstanding cardiovascular physician/scientist. Dr. Cooper is a past National President of the American Heart Association.
He is extremely proud of his family, many of whom are physicians, including his beloved late wife, Jean.
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