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     Richard A. Cooper, M.D.

    Richard A. Cooper, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine and Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Care Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.  He was graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 1961 and trained in internal medicine, hematology and oncology at the Harvard Medical Unit of the Boston City Hospital and the National Cancer Institute.  Following two years on the faculty at Harvard he became Chief of the Hematology Section in the Department of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently Director of Penn’s Cancer Center.  In 1985 he moved to the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he served as Executive Vice President and Dean for nine years and Director of the College’s Health Policy Institute for an additional eleven years.  In 2005, he returned to the Penn.  His interests in health policy have centered on the health care workforce.  He has developed models for projecting the future demand for physicians, most importantly the “Trend Model,” which is built around long-term economic and demographic trends, and he has championed the notion of an impending physician shortage based on this model and other supporting information.  He also has brought understanding to the interrelationships among physicians and various nonphysician clinician disciplines.  His recent work has centered on finding solutions to the problem of physician shortages, with a particular focus on expanding undergraduate and graduate medical education and on achieving balance between US and international medical graduates.


    The Imperative to Increase Physician Supply

    Presentation Date

    May 23, 2007

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