Angelo G. CoppolaMD

Biography

Dr. Coppola is a native of Central Arkansas, born in Jacksonville. After attending the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, he completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was asked to stay for an an additional year as Chief of Medicine and, following this year entered Fellowship in Gastroentrerology and Hepatology. He has been in private practice in Little Rock since 2001.

He has always had an interest in staying at the forefront of advances in medicine as well as advanced procedures. In addition to Advanced Biliary Endoscopy, he was the first private practice in Arkansas to provide direct biliary visualization with the Spyglass Biliary Endoscope. Since 2007, he has been the only Gastroenterologist in Arkansas treating patients with debilitating incontinence with implantable peripheral nerve stimulators, placing more than any other Gastroenterologist in the South.

Since leaving fellowship, he has been active in clinical research in Gastroenterology as Primary Investigator in more than 30 drug and device trials. It was after participating in the pivotal trial for the Endobarrier Sleeve for weight loss and diabetic control that he realized conventional medicine was often limited by treating the symptoms of disease, not the cause. As a result, he became interested in the use of not only conventional medical therapy but the use of nutrition, activity and weight control to treat the root cause of many diseases.

More recently, he cofounded the Weight Loss program at Premier Gastroenterology. He and his partner, Dr. Steve Jones, they are the only Board Certified Gastroenterologists in the state placing the Orbera Intragastric Balloons for weight loss and the only physicians placing the Obalon Intragastric Balloons. He has completed his Board Certification in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and will complete his Fellowship with the American Board of Obesity Medicine in 2019. He is an active member of the Obesity Medical Association and the American Academy for Anti-aging Medicine.

He lives in Little Rock with his wife of 26 years, Beth, and his two children.

Education

  • B.S. Biology University of Arkansas
  • MD, Internal Medicine Residency, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship UAMS