Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship – Background

The NPA’s Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship honors the life and work of Dr. A. Gene Copello through ongoing action on behalf of patients.  Read more about Gene’s legacy below.

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Dr. A. Gene Copello

Background: In 2008, we lost Dr. A. Gene Copello, a  beloved member of the NPA board of directors and a founding leader of the organization’s Council of Consumers.  In the final months of his life, Gene served as co-chair of the NPA’s Secure Health Care for All campaign and was deeply committed to our mission of building a physician organization dedicated to patient-centered advocacy.

Gene had more than 20 years of HIV/AIDS program and public policy experience, most recently as Executive Director of the AIDS Institute and as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Public Policy Research and Ethics at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine. He had also served as Chief of HIV Services for the City of San Francisco and spent six years as Executive Director of the San Mateo County AIDS Program in California.   He began his career in HIV/AIDS as a faculty member at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he also founded and directed the Vanderbilt AIDS Project. Previously he served as the President of the International Society for AIDS Education and Prevention and was the founding Community Co-Chair of the Southern AIDS Coalition.

Gene received his doctoral degree in medical ethics and public policy from Vanderbilt University as well as a master of divinity degree in ethics.  He earned his master of social work degree from the University of Tennessee.

We encourage donations to support the Fellowship; all contributions are fully tax deductible.