Robert B. Copeland is a Harvard-trained physician-cardiologist who is a consultant in LaGrange, Georgia, where he has practiced medicine for forty-four years. He has previously been a Director of C&S Bank of LaGrange. Dr. Copeland is the founder of the Georgia Heart Clinic which is now part of West Georgia Health System. He also founded, and for twenty-five years, was President of Southern CardioPulmonary Associates. Dr. Copeland has been President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Heart Association and Governor of the Georgia Chapter of College of Physicians. He later became a regent of the American college of Physicians (membership one hundred and seventeen thousand medical specialists).

From 1998 to 1999 Dr. Copeland was chair of the Board of Regents of that organization and was subsequently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of its Foundation in Philadelphia for three years. He was also on the Board of Trustees of the Joint Commission, a national hospital and nursing home accreditation organization head-quartered in Chicago. Dr. Copeland was Treasurer of that organization at the time when its annual budget was $116,000,000. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of LaGrange College for twelve years. Dr. Copeland was also part of an esteemed international work-group that created a new charter for medical professionalism in 2000. He remains active in national, state and local organizations.