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Dr Christopher Cooper is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Physiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where he was director of the COPD clinical and research programs and director of the Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory for 25 years.
Dr. Cooper trained at St. Thomas's Hospital Medical School, University of London, United Kingdom, obtaining his BSc in physiology in 1973 and graduating in medicine in 1976 (conferred as MB BS). He completed his postgraduate training in general internal medicine and specialist training in pulmonary and critical care medicine in the UK at St. Thomas' Hospital, London and the University of Sheffield. In 1991, he was awarded an MD (equivalent to PhD) for his doctoral thesis on the topic of pulmonary rehabilitation. He spent twelve months from November 1987 in the Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Physiology and Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center as a Fulbright Scholar. He returned to join the faculty of UCLA School of Medicine in January 1990. He spent four months in 2008 as Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute in South Africa. In 2016, he retired from the full-time faculty at UCLA to become Professor Emeritus but has remained actively involved in research and teaching. Between 2016 and 2019, he worked part-time with GlaxoSmithKline Global Respiratory Franchise as a Global Medical Expert.