Ellen Rae Cooper, MD

Professor, Pediatrics

Ellen Cooper
670 Albany St Biosquare III


Dr. Ellen Cooper is Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, and is in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Boston Medical Center. She founded and still directs the Pediatric HIV Program which now also includes an Adolescent HIV Initiative. In addition she leads the Transition Program for older adolescents who are transitioning to adult care.

She has published widely on the subject of Pediatric HIV treatment and care. She was a principal investigator of a large US based study designed to answer questions surrounding the perinatal transmission of HIV, and this continues to be one of her special interests. She was one of the original members of the HIV Consensus Committee, whose purpose was to establish guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of HIV infected infants in the US, and her expertise led her to focus also on treatment and care in a number of high burden and low resource countries. She has worked in sites in Uganda, Cameroon, South Africa, Zambia, and in Ethiopia.

She was a participant, trainer and advisor to curriculum development and implementation for the MTCT-Plus Programs in Africa, and served as a technical advisor for ICAP, Columbia in their efforts to establish a Center of Excellence for the care of HIV infected children in Zambia. She continues to be an active participant in the NIH sponsored IMPAACT Network.


  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, MD
  • Johns Hopkins University, MA
  • Wellesley College, BS


  • Published on 4/29/2020

    Epstein RL, Penwill N, Clarke DF, Hamilton S, Horbowicz K, Dorfman D, Moses JM, Cooper ER. "Meds-in-Hand" Intervention to Reduce Critical Process Delays in Pediatric Human Immunodeficiency Virus Post-Exposure Prophylaxis. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2020 Apr 29. PMID: 32347312.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Haffey M, Bellamy P, McLaud D, O’Brien A, Moloney C, Clarke D, Amo K, Spinale S, Cooper E, Pelton S. Achieving US Public Health metrics in care of youth with HIV. Presented at the HRSA Ryan White and Global HIV/AIDS Program National Meeting, Boston, MA. 2018.

  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Epstein R, Penwill N, Clarke D, Hamilton S, Horbowicz K, Dorfman D, Moses J, Cooper E. Reducing Delays to Receipt of PEP in the Pediatric Emergency Department: Meds in Hand and a Multidisciplinary Team Approach. Presented at the Quality Improvement and Safety Conference organized at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine (winner of patient safety award) Boston, MA. 2017.

  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Epstein R, Penwill N, Clarke D, Hamilton S, Moses J, Cooper E. Reducing Delays to Antiretroviral Receipt in Children Prescribed Post Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV. Presented at ID Week, San Diego CA. 2017.

  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Clarke DF, Yildirim I, Cooper ER. Rapid Initiation of Antiretrovirals in Two Newly Diagnosed HIV-infected Infants. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2017 Jan; 36(1):61-62. PMID: 27749654.

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  • Published on 4/2/2015

    Peluso AM, Harnish BA, Miller NS, Cooper ER, Fujii AM. Effect of young sibling visitation on respiratory syncytial virus activity in a NICU. J Perinatol. 2015 Aug; 35(8):627-30. PMID: 25836315.

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  • Published on 8/8/2014

    Clarke DF, Moloney C, Cooper ER. Iatrogenic Cushing's Syndrome due to pharmacokinetic interaction of intra-ocular corticosteroids and lopinavir/ritonavir in an HIV- infected adolescent: A case report. J AIDS Clin. Res. 2014.

  • Published on 7/30/2014

    Ojikutu B, Higgins-Biddle M, Greeson D, Phelps BR, Amzel A, Okechukwu E, Kolapo U, Cabral H, Cooper E, Hirschhorn LR. The association between quality of HIV care, loss to follow-up and mortality in pediatric and adolescent patients receiving antiretroviral therapy in Nigeria. PLoS One. 2014; 9(7):e100039. PMID: 25075742.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Chakraborty,R, Van Dyke, Flynn P, Aldrovandi G, ChadwickE, Cooper ER, et al. Committee on Pediatric AIDS, American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement Transitioning HIV-Infected Youth into Adult Health Care. Pediatrics. 2013; 132:192-197.

  • Published on 1/1/2012

    Dobbs KD, Moloney C, Toomey K, Cooper E. Seroconversion rates in HIV infected children and adolescents receiving double dose Hepatitis B vaccine after initial poor response to standard regimen. XIX International HIV Conference, Washington, DC. 2012.

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