Captain Dean Coppola is a Dentist by training. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Marquette University School of Dentistry and his Masters in Public Health with honors from the University of South Florida.
Dr. Coppola’s career of over 25 years in the U.S. Public Health Service’s Commissioned Corps (USPHS) has been one of diversity and advancing progression. The first 10 plus years of his career, he practiced clinical dentistry in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Indian Health Service, and U.S. Coast Guard. His career then took on a different tenor as he has held a series of senior human capital leadership positions encompassing strategic planning, policy, training, and operational management in both the Offices of the Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Dr. Coppola currently is assigned to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in the National Institutes of Health, where he serves as the Deputy Director of National Children’s Study.
During his career, Dr. Coppola has been a HHS/USPHS emergency response asset for over 17 years. He currently serves on the Command Staff of the inaugural USPHS Rapid Deployment Force, PHS-1, as the Deputy Team Commander. CAPT Coppola has been deployed in over 21 responses in a variety of roles: Dental Officer, ESF-8 DMORT Liaison, Team Leader/Commander, Liaison Officer, and Preventive Medicine Officer. He has responded to the NYC World Trade Center, and Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina, and Ike. Dr. Coppola deployed as the Team Commander of a Federal Medical Station at College Station Texas and as the Officer in Charge of the PHS contingent aboard the USS Boxer for Operation Continuing Promise Pacific - 2008.
Of note, Dr. Coppola has received numerous awards and honors throughout his 20 plus year career. Among them 8 Individual, 20 Units, and 15 Service Awards highlighted by Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal and 7 Crisis Response Service Awards. He was also honored by being selected as the USPHS Dental Responder of the Year and USPHS Commissioned Corps Responder of the Year.