Dr. Arthur "Art" Copes

For over twenty-three years, Arthur Copes has researched scoliosis and is one of the foremost experts in this disease. He has lectured all over the world and trained hundreds of doctors in his treatment program.

As the developer of the Scoliosis Treatment Advanced Recovery System (STARS) and the Copes Dynamic Braceā„¢, and in conjunction with NASA, Arthur Copes has solved many of the problems associated with the disease scoliosis.

EDUCATION

Internship

Orthotic Medical Internship, Blodgett and Butterworth Hospital,
Grand Rapids, MI, 1976-1977

Residency

Orthotic Residency Program, Mary Free Bed Hospital and Rehabilitation Center,
Grand Rapids, MI 1977-1978

Medical School

Northwestern Medical School, Chicago Il Orthotic Specialty
1976 Course in Lower Limb Orthotics
1977 Course in Upper Orthotics
1978 Course in Spinal Orthotics
1984 Examiner Training, American Board of Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc.

Colleges

Columbia Pacific University
Department of Health and Human Services
San Rafael, California
Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Orthotics
1988-1989

Columbia Pacific University
Mill Valley, California
Bachelor of Science (Orthotic Devices)
1976-1984

Delgado Community College/Tulane
New Orleans, Louisiana
Associate Degree, Orthotics and Prosthetics
1975-1977

EMPLOYMENT

1986 to Present

Private Practice, Scoliosis Treatment Recovery Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

1983-1986

Private Practice, Orthotic Research Inc., Gonzales, Louisiana
Private Orthotic Consultant at various hospitals

1982-1983

Orthopedic Staff Member, South Louisiana Medical Center, Houma, Louisiana

Private Orthotic Consultant at Assumption General Hospital, Napoleonville, Louisiana; East Ascension Hospital, Gonzales, Louisiana; St. James Hospital, Lutcher, Louisiana; Provost Memorial Hospital, Donaldsonville, Louisiana; Seventh Ward General Hospital, Hammond, Louisiana; Hotel Dieu Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana

1981

Doctors Assistant, Dr. A.R. Albritton, Gonzales, Louisiana

1977-1979

Senior Orthotic Resident/Orthotic Instructor/Director of Orthotics Department,

1979

Mary Free Bed Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1976-1977

Orthotic Intern, Blodgett Hospital and Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

2001 

Granted a Fellowship of the American Back Society Scoliosis Care Foundation; One of the four initial trustees of the Scoliosis Care Foundation

2000

Co-Chairman of the Physician's Advisor Board of the National Republican Congressional Committee; Expanded and developed four new satellite clinics in California, Florida, and Utah

1999

Advisory board member and speaker for Transformation Enzyme Corporation in Houston, Texas

1993 

Elected to Who's Who in Leading American Executives; Feature Lecturer on Scoliosis at James Cox Low Back Pain Convention/National College of Chiropractic, Fort Wayne, Indiana

1992

Instrumental in having Governor Edwin E. Edwards proclaim April as Scoliosis Month in Louisiana for the American Scoliosis Foundation

1991-1992

Lecture series for American Scoliosis Foundation

1991 

Guest speaker Texas Chiropractic Association, District 11; Elected 'Employer of the Year' Catholic Life Center; Recipient of award from Rubber Division/American Chemical Society

1989 

Guest speaker American Chemical Society, Las Vegas, NV; Founded American Scoliosis Foundation (non-profit organization); Guest speaker at the Governor's Conference of Spinal Deformities, New Orleans, Louisiana

1988 

Guest speaker-National Scoliosis Association, Durham, NC; Guest speaker Chiropractic Association of Louisiana Annual Meeting

1987-1988

Jaycee Awards: Project of the Quarter, Jaycee of the Month, Top 7 in Region 7, Project of the Month

1987 

Applied for U.S. Patent - Improved Bio-Mechanical Ankle; Applied for U.S. Patent - Copes Pneumatic Shoe Insert; Private Consultant to Medicare/Medicaid of Louisiana for Prosthetics and Orthotics

1986 

Applied for U.S. Patent Copes Thoracic Lumbar Sacroiliac Orthosis with pneumatic bladders; Guest Lecturer International Orthotic and Prosthetic Symposium, Halifax, Canada

1985 

Established Copes Inc.- manufacturer of Copes Bionic Ankle Joint; Lecturer/Exhibitor - American Academy of Orthotist and Prosthetics, Inc. National Convention, San Diego, California

1984 

Developed Pneumatic Knee Brace for contact sports; Jaycee Awards: Director of the Quarter, Member of the Quarter, K. Project of the Quarter

1983 

Awarded U.S. Patent Copes Bio-Mechanical Ankle Joint; Orthotic team consultant for Nicholls State University football team, Thibodeaux, Louisiana

1982

Applied for U.S. Patent Copes Bio-Mechanical Ankle Joint; Orthotic Consultant for development of pneumatic shoulder pads, pneumatic foot orthosis, and pneumatic knee orthosis

1981 

Developed wrist driven ratchets for quadriplegics; Developed new treatment for scoliosis

1980

Developed Pneumatic Ankle Support for basketball

1978

Youngest member of American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics (AAOP)

1976

Full Scholarship in Orthotics, Northwestern Medical School, Chicago, Illinois

1974

Award from State Governors Committee on the Barriers of Employment of the Handicapped

RECOGNITION