Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship

NPA launched the A. Gene Copello Physician Leadership Summit in 2010 in memory of Gene Copello–a beloved member of the NPA board of directors and a founding co-chair of the NPA’s Secure Health Care for All campaign. Over the years, the program has grown into the NPA Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship, offering professional development to selected physicians from across the country, including leadership, advocacy, networking, and communications training.

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2014 Copello Fellow Resources–(private page)

2015 Copello Fellows Resources–(private page)


Our 2015 Copello program focuses on practical promotion of more responsible ordering practice. Many physicians feel like cogs in large systems—able to identify problems but unsure how to effect change.  Copello Fellows gain tactical and strategic leadership skills:

  • How to enlist support from institutional leaders
  • How to promote peer organizing in positive reform efforts
  • How to measure and document impact

The year-long program includes a series of interactive, case-study expert presentations from inspiring leaders; practical skill-building around how to build support and effect change in one’s professional setting; and expectations for peer organizing and on-the-ground projects developed with support from experienced advisors. Fellows join a vibrant learning community and gain staff support from NPA for local organizing efforts.

Fellows attended a full-day training summit with the NPA 2015 national conference, participate in monthly conference calls throughout the year, and have the opportunity to present poster summaries of their projects at NPA’s 2016 conference.


NPA 2015 Copello Fellowship Co-Directors:

Anthony Accurso, MD, grew up in New York City and attended Hunter College High School. He received his B.A. with honors in Biology from Dartmouth College in 1999. He taught high school science for six years before starting medical school. He completed medical school at SUNY Downstate, in Brooklyn NY. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview in 2013, and then joined the faculty there. He is currently an Instructor of Medicine in the Division of Chemical Dependence. He is the faculty director of Providers for Responsible Ordering, a group that promotes high-value care, and mentors residents who are engaged in high-value projects.

David Evans, MD, is a board-certified family physician. He earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he graduated with honors. After a year spent in Washington, DC, as the National President of the American Medical Student Association, he completed his residency in Family Medicine at Tacoma Family Medicine in Tacoma, Washington. For 15 years, Dr. Evans practiced at Madras Medical Group where, in addition to providing clinical care, he was active in his local community and with organized medicine. He is a founding board member and a Past President of the National Physicians Alliance. In April of 2012, Dr. Evans joined the faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the Rosenblatt Family Endowed Professor in Rural Health. Dr. Evans is the recipient of several community service and teaching awards and enjoys living in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, two children and dogs.

Stephen R. Smith, MD, MPH, is professor emeritus of family medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He retired in 2007 as associate dean, a post he had held for 25 years. During his tenure as associate dean, Dr. Smith earned an international reputation for innovation in medical education. He was the architect of the competency-based curriculum at Brown that has been replicated at many medical schools around the world. Since his “retirement,” he has worked part-time in the community health center in his hometown of New London, Connecticut, organized physicians in Connecticut for the National Physicians Alliance (NPA), and consulted for the Partnership to Advance Conflict-Free Medical Education. He also served as the principal investigator of NPA’s Good Stewardship Project, which inspired the celebrated Choosing Wisely initiative. He earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1972 and his master of public health degree from the University of Rochester in 1977.


For more information, contact Becky Martin, NPA Director of Project Management at