Clayton Cooper, MD, MBA

Second Year, Education Chief

What are your career goals?

Provide high-quality healthcare to an underserved, Spanish-speaking population and address health inequities. Be a leader in whatever health system I work for to emphasize prevention, strengthen primary care, and create a work environment where all members of the health care team are valued equally and love coming to work.

What drew you to the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program?

I met program director Dr. Martinez-Bianchi five years ago at the AAFP Global Health Workshop, and I realized that she was the kind of physician and mentor I wanted to train under as a resident. While on the interview trail, Duke stood out because of the emphasis on outpatient and community health. I felt like other top programs were strong because of their inpatient training, but outpatient training came secondary. Duke puts outpatient medical training and community health first, and also encourages leadership development.

What makes Duke Family Medicine special?

The patients, faculty, and other residents make Duke Family Medicine a special place. The breadth of opportunities the residency provides locally and globally make it an incredible place to learn.

What strengths or skills do you have that could be of benefit to the community?

I speak Spanish and am excited to be providing care to individuals in both English and Spanish. I also enjoy looking at issues from both 30,000 feet and up close, and I view my role as a physician similarly. When I see patterns in individual patients I am treating in clinic, I want to examine the problem on a larger scale to address the cause of the public health issue.

What are you passionate about?

Growing up I mostly ignored politics, but now I get fired up about a lot of political and social justice issues. As of May 2018, more U.S. children had been killed in school shootings than military men and women in active combat. That is not right. As a physician, I feel it is my obligation to use my voice to advocate for public health policies that save lives.

What are your hobbies?

I like to stay active and enjoy running, swimming, biking, hiking, and skiing. I love to travel and experience new places and cultures.

Education and Training

Penn State College of Medicine (Medical Education-MD)

Penn State Smeal College of Business (MBA)

Juniata College (Undergraduate)