During his career, Dr. Cooper was a member of numerous committees and task forces on primary care, stroke prevention, trauma care and other medical issues.
PHILADELPHIA, PA, April 11, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Edward S. Cooper, MD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Cooper celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Born in 1926 to Dr. Henry H. Cooper and Ada Crosland (Sawyer) Cooper in Columbia, SC, Dr. Cooper wasn't the first in his family to obtain higher education, but he certainly broke ground on a number of fronts during his career. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Lincoln University with high honors and a Doctor of Medicine from Meharry Medical College with highest honors from historically black institutions. After completing an internship, residency and fellowship in cardiology at Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH), he became a staff physician there and joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where his father had attended dental school decades prior.
He subsequently became president of the PGH medical staff and co-director of its Stroke Research Center before being appointed chief of medical service for the hospital's UPenn division. As the first African-American tenured professor at the UPenn School of Medicine, he cemented his legacy as part of its history and a beacon for young individuals seeking to glean inspiration from people who have beaten the odds before them. In addition to his role as an educator, Dr. Cooper maintained a private practice through the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (and earlier at the Mercy Douglass Hospital), where he focused on internal medicine and stroke prevention. He earned the title of professor emeritus in 1996, though he remains affiliated with the hospital's board of trustees through the present. He also served on the boards of trustees of The Rockefeller University, Philadelphia College of Physicians, and the American Health Foundation for African Development.
During his career, Dr. Cooper was a member of numerous committees and task forces on primary care, stroke prevention, trauma care and other medical issues. He was also heavily involved in UPenn's admissions and faculty recruiting initiatives, helping to ensure that talented individuals of all backgrounds had equal access to opportunities for learning and professional development. In the latter portion of the 1970s and early 1980s, he served on the Renal Disease Advisory Committee run by the governor of Pennsylvania, as well as the American College of Physicians' advisory committee for eastern Pennsylvania. Other associations with which he is affiliated include the Philadelphia County Medical Society, the American Society of Hypertension, the American and National Medical Associations, American College of Physicians (Master), the Association of Black Cardiologists. Elected the first African-American president of the American Heart Association in 1992, he has also served on its Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Stroke Council.
Dr. Cooper is a highly published researcher and author who has contributed numerous articles to medical publications and previously served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cerebrovascular Disease Risk, the Journal of the National Medical Association, Heart Disease and Stroke, and Stroke, for which he also served as a consulting editor. He has received scores of accolades and honors for his work advancing the profession, including the Chairman's Award for Distinguished Service from the American Academy of Neurology's Research and Education Foundation, visiting professorships, the Gold Heart Award from the American Heart Association, the Lincoln University Founders Award for Outstanding Alumni Achievement, an honorary doctor of science degree from Meharry Medical College, and a citation from former Philadelphia Mayor Edward Rendell and the Philadelphia City Council. The Edward S. Cooper MD/Elizabeth McClure Professorship was created in his honor at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, three years after the Edward S. Cooper MD Merck Fellowship was established. He served on the Board of Directors of Independence Blue Cross from 1975 until 2017, then on its Advisory Board.
Dr. Cooper was married to the late Jean Wilder Cooper, MD, for 55 years before she passed away in 2006. They have four children: Lisa Cooper Hudgins, MD, Jan Ada Cooper, MD, and Charles Wilder Cooper, Ph.D. His oldest son, E. Sawyer Cooper, Jr., died with Hodgkins Disease at age thirty. He also has four grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Dr. Cooper served as Chief of the Medical Service at U.S. Air Force Hospital, Philippines (1954-1956) and Captain in the U.S. Air Force (1954-1956).
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Edward S. Cooper, MD, has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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