Thomas Coppin, MD'67 - October 2017 Dean's Roundtable
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Dr. Coppin was born in Salt Lake City, and raised in Provo and Brigham City. He graduated from Utah State University and the University of Utah School of Medicine. A distinguished military graduate of ROTC, he had a 30-year Army career with a rotating internship and residency in pathology, served in Germany, was an exchange officer as consultant pathologist at the Royal Army Medical College in London, and was Chief of Pathology and Residency Program Director for 15 years at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington. For three years he was also Pathology Consultant to the Army Surgeon General.
He returned to Utah in 1993, worked for FHP and Paracelsus Hospital, and was 9 years as a pathologist at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful. He is a past president of the Utah Society of Pathologists and for four years was the state commissioner for laboratory accreditation for the College of American Pathologists. In 2007 Dr. Coppin organized and became project director for Pathologists Overseas to restore surgical pathology to a 1,000-bed teaching hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, recruiting and managing rotating volunteers for the next three years. He and his wife currently serve at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.