2017 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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Our 2017 Copello Fellowship focus is how to be a stronger advocate within your community and your professional networks as well as with policy makers from all levels. Ten Fellows were selected from key states and began their fellowship year in February meeting senators on Capitol Hill and networking with national and state health justice allies at the Families USA Health Action 2017 conference. Meet NPA’s 2017 Copello Health Advocacy Fellows:

NPA 2017 Copello Health Advocacy Fellows: (left-right) FL-Paul Robinson, MD, Phd; AK-Devery Mitchell, MD; AR-Riley Lipschitz, MD; AK-Jacquelyn Serrano, MD, MPH; WI-Jennifer Perkins, MD; AZ-Chris Murphy, MD; ME-Mark Lupinetti, MD; OH-Greg Lam, MD; (not pictured) PA-Manik Chhabra, MD; TN, Sarah Gach, MD

During the year Copello Fellows will gain tactical and strategic leadership skills:

  • How to be stronger advocates
  • How to communicate your ideas to policy makers in the most effective manner
  • How to utilize media to amplify your message
  • How to measure and document your impact

The fellowship includes a series of interactive advocacy training sessions, expert presentations from inspiring leaders, practical skill-building around how to build, support and effect change, and expectations for on-the-ground projects developed with support from experienced mentors. Fellows will join a vibrant learning community and gain staff support from NPA for local and national organizing efforts.


NPA 2017 Copello Fellowship Co-Directors:

Anthony Accurso, MD, is a general internist and preceptor at NYU Luthern Family Health Center, and a clinical assistant professor in the NYU Department of Population Health. He has certification from the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is developing a program for the provision of office-based opioid therapy within the practice. He 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 and his residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview in 2013. He served on faculty at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for three additional years. He is the former faculty director of Providers for Responsible Ordering, a group that promotes high-value care.

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 continues his work as an activist for health justice. 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 NPA at npa@npalliance.org

Generous support for the 2017 NPA Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship has been provide by the Otto Haas Charitable Trust


2014 Copello Fellow Resources–(private page)

2015-16 Copello Fellows Resources–(private page)