Dr. Lanny Copeland Named to National Physician List

May 10, 2011

For the third year in a row, LifePoint’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Lanny Copeland, was named by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician magazines to the list of 50 Most Influential Physician Executives.

Placing #34 on the seventh annual ranking by the two publications, Dr. Copeland oversees efforts to enhance physician relations and the quality of care provided at LifePoint’s hospitals.

Dr. Copeland has in-depth experience both as a practicing physician and in managing clinical quality initiatives across the nation.  From 2001-2007, Dr. Copeland served as Vice President, Medical Affairs, for Triad Hospitals in Plano, Texas. Prior to joining Triad, Dr. Copeland served for seven years as Vice President, Primary Care Development, for Phoebe Putney Health Systems, Inc. in Albany, Georgia.

Dr. Copeland’s extensive medical background includes numerous academic appointments as well as professional memberships, including a term as Chairman and a term as President for the American Academy of Family Physicians. He also served as President of the American Board of Family Medicine, Professor for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia, and various other Board memberships. In addition, Dr. Copeland practiced medicine for over 20 years in private practices in Indiana and Georgia. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Louisville in 1971.

Dr. Copeland is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, including Family Physician of the Year by the Medical Association of Georgia and Family Medicine Educator of the Year by Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. This is the third consecutive year he was recognized by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician magazines as one of the “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare.” In 2010, he was named one of Nashville’s Health Care Heroes by Nashville Business Journal.