Mountain People's Medical Director Appointed to Leadership Role
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Section: People & Places in the News, December 2017

(from Mountain People’s Health Councils)

Dr. Edward Capparelli, medical director of Mountain People’s Health Councils in Scott County, recently received notification from the office of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam that he has been appointed chairman of the TennCare Pharmacy Advisory Committee. Capparelli is the only member of the original combined committee established in 2005 who is still actively serving.

Capparelli has been involved with TennCare Pharmacy Committees since TennCare was established in 2004. Earlier this year, he was elected Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Tennessee Medical Association. He is the first Tennessee Primary Care Association member health center physician to ever serve in either capacity.

Capparelli has worked as staff physician and medical director for three Tennessee Community Health Centers over the last 24 years: first, with Rural Medical Services in Cocke County from 1993-2007; second, with Morgan County Medical Center from 2007-2009; and lastly, with Mountain Peoples since 2009. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, Capparelli completed a residency in family medicine with the University of Texas program in McAllen, Texas, and was board-certified in family medicine in 1982 and recertified in 1989, 2006, and 2013. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine.

Prior to moving to Tennessee, Capparelli served as a medical missionary in Honduras and Nicaragua from 1983 through 1993. Since arriving in Tennessee, he has been actively involved in organized medicine, serving as delegate to the Tennessee Medical Association since 1994. He has served on the TMA board of trustees, as well as served on and chaired the Public Health Committee, the Insurance Issues Committee, and the Judicial Council. He is currently the president of the Roane-Anderson Medical Society. He was the state advocacy chairman for the American Heart Association for more than 10 years and most recently has been an active member of the Knox Area Drug Task Force.

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