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Richard I. Kopelman, MD
Vice Chairman for Education, Department of Medicine; Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program; Primary Care Physician; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department + Services
Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care
Clinical Focus Areas
Internal medicine, hospital medicine, adult primary care, residency education
Seeing Patients In
Tufts Medical Center Primary Care — Boston
Biewend Building, 4A
800 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
Phone #: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-1384
2017, "Top Doctor," Boston Magazine
2013, "Top Doctor," Boston Magazine
2012, "Top Doctor," Boston Magazine
2012, "Top Doctor," U.S. News & World Report
Richard Kopelman, MD, is the Vice-Chairman for Education in the Department of Medicine. He is a Louisa C. Endicott Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He began his academic career at Tufts as one of the first faculty members in the newly created Division of General Medicine in the early 1980s. He has been acting chief of that division on several occasions. He has been Director of the Medical House Staff Training Program since 1981, overseeing the growth of the house staff from 30 members to its current total of 75 interns and residents. He has been an active member of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, being a past Council member and participant in numerous committees and task forces. For the past several years he has been the leader of the Assembly of University Program Directors in that organization.
His academic pursuits have been in the areas of hypertension and clinical problem solving. With Dr. Kassirer he was the co-editor of the Clinical Problem Solving series in Hospital Practice for many years and subsequently co-authored two editions of Learning Clinical Reasoning with Drs. Kassirer and Wong. In addition to his administrative responsibilities Dr. Kopelman maintains an active practice in general internal medicine and for the past several years has been regularly listed in the Best Doctors in America and by Boston Magazine in its lists of top physicians.
Dr. Kopelman received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude in economics from Harvard College in 1970 and his medical school degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 1974. He did his house staff training at Tufts- New England Medical Center followed by a fellowship in hypertension at Massachusetts General Hospital.
His wife is an academic cardiologist in Boston. He has two sons, one of whom is a medical intern at the University of Chicago and one who works in the computer industry. In his free time he plays basketball and frustrates himself on the golf course.