Jeffrey G. Copeland, MD, FACP, a board-certified Plastic Surgeon from St. Charles, Missouri, will serve as President of the Missouri State Medical Association in 2014-2015. He was installed in St. Louis, April 5, 2014, during the MSMA’s 156th Annual Convention.
Goals for MSMA during his tenure as President are:
To spend as much time as possible with the physicians of Missouri, and those from other states, to gain the best possible understanding of the challenges that face them in their daily practice of medicine.
To convey to the physicians of Missouri the reasons that membership in organized medicine generally, and Missouri State Medical Association specifically, are valuable to their patients and to them, and to encourage them to participate actively and assertively.
To seek to identify instances of unnecessary, inefficient and/or wasteful policies and practices that interfere with the best practice of medicine and to draw attention to them and encourage their modification to be useful and effective or their revocation.
Dr. Copeland is a resident of St. Charles, Missouri, and is on the medical staff at all of the area hospitals. He attended the University of Missouri where he completed his undergraduate degree in premedical science, attended medical school, and completed residencies in general and plastic surgery and a fellowship in microvascular surgery. He was a chief resident in both general surgery and plastic surgery.
He has been a practicing plastic surgeon in the St. Louis, St. Charles, and St. Peters areas for almost 27 years. He was in solo practice from 1987 to 1998. He was then a partner in Plastic Surgery Consultants, Ltd., until 2005, when he established Copeland Cosmetic Surgery. The new practice located in Saint Charles County afforded him the opportunity to concentrate on patient-centered cosmetic surgery.
Long active in organized medicine and physician leadership, Dr. Copeland has been president of the St. Charles-Lincoln County Medical Society and is a corresponding member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society. He has been a member of MSMA since 1988, and he is a member of the American Medical Association. He is a past president of the Missouri Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and past board chairman of Primaris (the Missouri Quality Improvement Organization).
Dr. Copeland has been chief of staff at St. Joseph Health Center, and president of Plastic Surgery Consultants, Ltd. He is also past chief of staff at Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Crisis Nursery.
His chosen medical specialty of plastic surgery has given him the opportunity to express his creativity while helping a wide variety of people in multiple ways, especially in assisting patients in restoring form and/or function after injury or disease.
Dr. Copeland’s interests include spending time with his family, music (especially jazz and blues), and various forms of physical exercise including running, biking, and resistance and core training. He and his wife, Cindy, have three children, Katie, Brian, and Wesley.