Joseph B. Coopwood, MD, FACS


General surgery


ETMC First Physicians


Attending surgeon, Operation Enduring Freedom, 320th Air Expeditionary Medical Operations, U.S. Air Force
General surgeon, Chief General Surgery Clinic, Offutt Air Force Base, Bellevue, NE
Surgical training, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX
Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX
Bachelor of Arts in biology, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

Board Certifications:

Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Board certification, American Board of Surgery

Awards & Associations:

Instructor, Advanced Trauma Life Support
Texas Medical Association
U.S. Air Force Health Professions Scholarship
Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society
Summa cum laude graduate, Trinity University
Academic All-American (football), Trinity University


As a general surgeon in Operation Enduring Freedom, Joseph B. Coopwood, MD, FACS, followed in the footsteps of his grandfather (World War II) and father (Vietnam War) by becoming a surgeon in the Air Force. “Being a surgeon is what I’ve wanted to do since I was about 8 years old, and I’ve always thought highly of the military, so it was a good fit.”

Now he’s serving the general public as a board-certified general surgeon at ETMC Jacksonville. Dr. Coopwood comes to the area from San Antonio, though prior to that he practiced in Palestine as a trauma medical director and staff surgeon.

Dr. Coopwood enjoys community medicine, where the bonds between doctor and patient tend to be stronger than in large urban areas. “I try to treat people like they’re the only patient I have by giving them 100 percent of my time and effort.”