Endowed Professorships & Chairs


College of Medicine

Edward M. Copeland III Professorship in Surgical Oncology


This fund was established in 2007 by several donors in honor of Dr. Edward M. Copeland III to support a professorship in the Division of Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery at the College of Medicine.

Dr. Copeland is the Edward R. Woodward Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He received his bachelor's degree from Duke University, his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and completed his residency in General Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After military service as a major in Vietnam where he received the Bronze Star, Dr. Copeland completed an Advanced Senior Fellowship in Cancer Surgery at the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. He began his career at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and at the M.D. Anderson Hospital, where he progressed to the rank of Professor of Surgery before leaving in 1982 to assume the chairmanship of the Department of Surgery at the University of Florida until 2003. During this time, he also served as Interim Dean of the Medical School and the first director of the University of Florida-Shands Cancer Center. He was elected to Distinguished Professor in 2004 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

Dr. Copeland is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the M.D. Anderson Hospital, the Heritage Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology and Honorary Fellowships of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Society of Black Academic Surgeons and the Texas Surgical Society. He is past president of the Association for Academic Surgery, Halsted Society, Society of Surgical Chairman, Society of Surgical Oncology, Southern Surgical Association, Southeastern Surgical Congress and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Copeland is past chairman of the American Board of Surgery, the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons and the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons.

He has written 442 journal articles and book chapters and 84 published abstracts and editorials, and is the editor/co-editor of 21 books. Dr. Copenald is or has been a member of 17 editorial boards, including the associate editor of the Annals of Surgical Oncology, editor of the Year Book of Surgery and co-editor with Dr. Kirby I. Bland of the tome, Breast Cancer: Comprehensive Management of Benign and Malignant Disorders. His research interests are in surgical nutrition, metabolism and tumor biology.

He and, his wife, Martha have two children, Edward "Ted" Copeland IV and Catherine L. Copeland.

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