Dr. Copeland is recognized as one of the top internists in America, not only because of her rigorous academic training, but also for her unmatched standards in patient care. Her unparalleled ability as a diagnostician has enabled her to successfully treat the most difficult and unusual cases.
Dr. Copeland has been in private practice in Hillsdale, NJ for over twenty years. She began her education locally, graduating Valedictorian of her class from Pascack Valley High School. She earned an academic scholarship to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she majored in Zoology. For her honors work, she studied hematopoiesis (blood formation) in the hibernating bat myotis lucifugus. She graduated magna cum laude with Distinction In All Studies, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. She was given a full scholarship to Cornell University Medical College (now Weill Cornell), from which she graduated in the top quarter of her class. She completed her residency at The New York Hospital. She also trained in later residency in oncology hematology at Memorial Sloan Kettering and at New York University.
During her residency training at New York Hospital and New York University, she worked in Clinics in the south Bronx, The New York Diagnostic Center, and Health Insurance Plan of New York as an emergency physician. She worked days, nights, and weekends, filling her experience with patient care, including the Prison Ward at Bellevue Hospital. She did a partial Hematology Fellowship at New York University, followed by a partial Oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering. She then took 6 weeks to go to Australia to the NorthWest Coast of Exmouth during the Viet Nam War in which her husband was serving.
After taking over the general practice of a retiring physician in Hillsdale, she gave birth to four wonderful children, going back to work after only three days. She has always worked full-time as a solo practitioner of general Internal Medicine, seeing patients from mid childhood through adulthood. She is on call seven days a week, 24 hours a day for emergencies and medical problems. She also performs House Calls when they are necessary.
In addition to running a thriving private practice, Dr. Copeland is actively involved in the Heritage Foundation, the Foundation for Free Enterprise, the CATO Institute, the Ludwig Von Mises Institute and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, of which she was President. She has earned national acclaim as a patients’ rights advocate, having spearheaded a lawsuit against Medicare Part B with five of her patients. The lawsuit, Stewart vs. Sullivan, enabled Medicare patients to contract privately for medical care outside Part B without resigning from Part B, thereby regaining freedom of choice for senior citizens who wanted full access to high-quality health care.
Dr. Copeland’s writings have been published in Policy Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She has been interviewed on numerous radio and television shows, including CNN and FOX. She has lectured at the CATO Institute, The Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, the Foundation for Free Enterprise, Bergen Community College, and other local schools and universities.
Her commitment to improving the lives of those around her carries over into the animal kingdom. Dr. Copeland is a longtime animal-rights supporter and nature preservationist. She has fostered several pets deemed medically undesirable by prior owners and nursed them back to health. She believes that all life is worth preserving. It is not uncommon for her to care for patients’ pets during periods of hospitalization.
Her dedication to providing personal health care service to families and patients of all ages has earned her steadfast loyalty among those she treats. Patients in her practice currently travel from as far away as California, Florida, and Greece to seek her services.