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Robert A. Copeland, Jr. M.D.

Robert A. Copeland, Jr. M.D.

(December 13, 1955 - April 11, 2016)

Advocate, Mentor, Surgeon, Founding Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Howard University Hospital.

A true American and a leader in medicine who helped the profession deepen its understanding of disparities and broaden its international reach.

Medical Trailblazer in Health Disparities

Legacy of Howard University Ophthalmologist Dr. Robert A. Copeland, Jr. 

Dr. Robert A. Copeland, Jr., was a leading American ophthalmologist who helped the profession deepen its understanding of disparities and broaden its international reach. Dr. Copeland was the founding chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Howard University College of Medicine. He passed on the evening of Monday, April 11, 2016....

Dr. Copeland was widely admired as an advocate for the prevention of eye disease, as a mentor to countless students, and as an expert physician. ...

In addition Dr. Copeland has written multiple papers on corneal and external diseases, uveitis, and other diseases of the eye. His research focused on conditions affecting the eye, as well as the socioeconomic and gender disparities in cataract surgery, including factors such as insurance coverage, transportation, and other barriers to access...

He also traveled throughout the world to perform humanitarian services for underserved populations. He served the people of Haiti, Saint Lucia, Ghana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Chile, Liberia, Nigeria, and India.

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