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James Clay Copher

James Clay Copher, MD, FACS


James Clay Copher, MD, FACS


Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:

Georgia Tech, B. S. Industrial Management

Georgia State, MBA

Medical School:

Emory University School of Medicine

In practice since:


Your Specialty:

General Surgery

Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school:

Total of 5 1/2 years

  • University of Texas Medical Branch General Surgery
  • Mercer University Macon General Surgery
  • Georgia Baptist Laparoscopic Fellowship

How did you choose your specialty?

I chose General Surgery because I thought the surgeons were the best trained physicians in that they could treat medically but could also operate.

What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?

Most - I like being in the operating room where we can dramatically change, impact, and improve or save lives.

Least - Complications are the least favorite aspect of surgery.

In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?

Surgeons need to be dedicated, hard-working, empathetic, compulsive and place service above self. 

Hobbies/special interests:

  • Travel
  • Boating
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • The outdoors