Joseph David Cooper attended Bucknell University for his undergraduate degree with a dual major in Biology and Philosophy. He graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine and went on to complete his Internal Medicine residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. He remained at Geisinger for an additional year as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine with a focus on teaching and the education of trainees. He completed his Infectious Diseases fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease.
He began working at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center primarily in the PACE (Partners in AIDS Care and Education) and Infectious Diseases Clinics in July 2019. He has an active outreach HIV clinic at Valley Health Center in Gilroy, California once a month. He sees outpatients with general infectious diseases and provides inpatient consultation at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He is actively involved in the teaching and training of Stanford University Infectious Diseases fellows and medical students, including Internal Medicine residents from his home institution and Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara. Dr. Cooper holds an appointment of Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) at Stanford University School of Medicine as of September 2020.
Dr. Cooper is an active member of the American College of Physicians, Infectious Diseases Society of America, HIV Medicine Association, Society for Cannabis Clinicians and Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. He volunteers his time within these professional organizations previously serving on workgroups surrounding education, mentoring of trainees and as an ad hoc reviewer for infectious diseases and general internal medicine journals. His professional interests include HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, HIV PrEP/PEP, sexually transmitted infections, emerging infectious diseases, cannabinoid science, and the intersection of substance use with infectious diseases. Dr. Cooper is passionate about providing high quality, evidence-based care to people living with HIV and AIDS. He uses his professional expertise, passion and energy to ensure that his patients remain as well and healthy as possible.
Outside of medicine and work, you can find Dr. Cooper spending time with his wife and two daughters - hiking and exploring the Bay Area and beyond, listening to music, gardening, photography, exercising and playing sports.