Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Coppes considers himself a generalist. He enjoys being able to treat people suffering from orthopedic pain and discomfort regardless of the joint or area of the body. He has direct involvement with diagnosing what’s wrong, treating it, and helping a patient work through the rehabilitation. He feels having orthopedic medicine, physical therapy and training all in one practice is a huge positive for patients, as physicians can see and interact with patients during therapy and training sessions. In addition to his regular patients, he is an athletic team physician for URI.
Dr. Coppes’ easy-going personality and philosophy about medicine translates into a very comfortable environment for patients, and his openness and honesty comes through in every interaction. He feels a kinship with patients because he was an orthopedic patient himself when he tore his ACL playing collegiate soccer in 1977. He had to have a series of procedures on his knees and feet, including simultaneously having robotic surgery on his left knee and a total knee replacement on the right one in 2011. He completely understands the decision-making process and wariness a patient goes through. Having been on crutches for six to eight weeks, a cast for three months, and sometimes painful rehabilitation, he can relate to their experiences. He loves hearing recovery stories from all his patients.
A veteran of the Persian Gulf War, Dr. Coppes served 13 years in the Navy Medical Corp as an orthopedic surgeon and Lieutenant Commander, and was Chief of Orthopedics at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Naples, Italy. Before returning to the states he spent four months teaching Orthopedic Residents in Surabaya, Indonesia. Every day he saw orthopedic pathology that he had only read about, and feels it’s one of the most gratifying experiences that he has ever had.