About the Event
This installment of Surgery and Perioperative Care Community Grand Rounds features the fifth annual Thomas B. Coopwood Service Award, with guest speaker Clay Johnston, M.D., special assistant to the president and provost at UT Austin, professor of neurology and inaugural dean, 2014-2021, Dell Medical School.
Tom Coopwood has made service to others his life’s work. The grandson, son and father of physicians, he worked in Austin as a general and trauma surgeon from 1970 until his retirement in 2003. His accomplishments speak for themselves.
The former Air Force flight surgeon served on the staff of both the Seton’s and St. David’s hospital systems as chief of surgery and chief of staff at University Medical Center Brackenridge, and as president of the Travis County Medical Society, winning awards along the way. During his distinguished career, Coopwood skillfully and tirelessly cared for thousands of patients and helped train hundreds of surgical residents. He continues his dedication to others even in his retirement, serving on numerous boards and organizations, including Central Health and CommUnityCare Health Centers.
In honor of his legacy, admirers of Coopwood’s contributions to our community have established the endowed Thomas B. Coopwood Service Award, for the regular and affiliate faculty members of the Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care. The fifth annual award will be given at this session.