Lanny R. Copeland, M.D., ’66, has been named one of the nation’s 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives by Modern Healthcare. Dr. Copeland, who appeared at No. 15 on the list, is Chief Medical Officer at LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., Brentwood, TN, where he oversees quality and patient safety and is responsible for integrating physician and administrative needs.

“We are proud that Lanny has been recognized nationally for his leadership in the healthcare industry,” said William F. Carpenter III, President and Chief Executive Officer of LifePoint Hospitals. “He is an exemplary physician and outstanding leader who brings tremendous experience and insight to our executive management team, medical staff and affiliated physicians across the nation.”

Prior to joining LifePoint in 2007, Dr. Copeland served as Vice President, Medical Affairs, for a large hospital company. Previously, Dr. Copeland served as Vice President, Primary Care Development, for Phoebe Putney Health Systems, Inc. in Albany, Georgia. Dr. Copeland’s background includes numerous academic appointments and professional memberships. He served as President of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1998-99, and Chair of their Board of Directors from 1999-2000. He also served as President of the American Board of Family Medicine and Professor for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. Dr. Copeland practiced medicine for more than 20 years in private practices in Indiana and Georgia. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Georgetown College.

The Top 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives is selected from nominations made by readers of Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician magazines, which received nearly 4,300 nominations and conducted a final vote based on those nominations. More than 27,600 voters submitted ballots to select the winners. The Top 50 is selected from those votes. The ranking was published in the May 11 issue of Modern Healthcare.

LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. is a leading hospital company focused on providing healthcare services in non-urban communities in 17 states. Of the Company’s 47 continuing operations hospitals, 44 are in communities where LifePoint Hospitals is the sole community hospital provider. LifePoint Hospitals’ non-urban operating strategy offers continued operational improvement by focusing on five guiding principles: delivering compassionate, high quality patient care; supporting physicians; creating an outstanding environment for employees; providing unmatched community value; and ensuring fiscal responsibility. Headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, LifePoint Hospitals is affiliated with approximately 21,000 employees. More information about LifePoint Hospitals can be found on its website,