Department of Dermatology

Kevin D. Cooper, M.D. joined Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in 1995 from prior positions at the University of Michigan and the National Institutes of Health, following training at Oregon Health Sciences University and the University of Florida. He has developed a highly matrixed department that intersects nine geographical clinical dermatology practice sites with teaching, skin biology-specific research cores, and a complementary portfolio of research programs that span basic laboratory, translational, and clinical trial investigations. With interests in inflammatory-mediated skin diseases, lymphoma, and photomedicine/photoimmunology, Dr. Cooper has been continuously federally funded since 1986 and has published over 300 papers and chapters. He enjoys mentoring faculty, residents, fellows, and students across each of these dimensions.

Dr. Cooper is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at both Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC) in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a Staff Physician for the Dermatology Service at the Cleveland VA Hospital. Dr. Cooper is the Director of the NIAMS Skin Diseases Research Center at CWRU, focusing on creating advances in skin diseases, and the Director of the Murdough Family Center for Psoriasis. He is Director of the NIAMS Psoriasis Center of Research Translation (CORT) at CWRU, performing lab-based, translational, and Phase I investigator – initiated clinical research where research team findings are moved from the “lab bench to the patient”. Dr. Cooper is a co-inventor of the first biologic to be FDA-approved for psoriasis, and he is a co-founder of Fluence Therapeutics, a start-up biomedical company created to develop a novel photodynamic therapy for psoriasis and lymphoma. He enjoys consulting in the early phases of product development for skin care and pharmaceuticals.

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