For the entirety of this 30-year career, Dr. Hopper has sought out and developed ways to proactively improve the health and wellbeing of students, providers, and patients.
As an Associate Professor at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine in Fort Worth, Dr. Hopper was one of the first associates of the Physician Development Coach (PDC) program designed to promote future physician well-being, leadership, impact, and empathy in a rapidly changing medical context. The PDC program is one of several signature School of Medicine activities that facilitate skills beyond the acquisition of knowledge.
Prior and interwoven activities: Dr. Hopper’s population health roles have spanned more than 20 years of healthcare evolution. His roles have included National Medical Director of Integrated Care at Anthem’s Government Business Division, and Chief Medical Officer/VP of Clinical Innovation at Humana’s Behavioral Division. He was part of the thought and leader team transferred to Humana via the purchase of a local Fort Worth company, Corphealth, Inc. On the national stage, he led or co-led early models of integrated telephonic care management and medical provider-specific psychotropic use education.
At Anthem’s Government Business Division, his team refined targeted field-based case management “on the streets” to help the most vulnerable engage in health. Fort Worth’s “Pathway to Housing” initiative involving Amerigroup (an Anthem company) was sought out and promoted due to the community-based multi-party braided funding basis. He also led the transformation of multiple primary care clinics to the Collaborative Care model of Integrated medical/behavioral care. All projects promoted and led by Dr. Hopper in this national role created value through efficiencies AND improved health outcomes. Professional work now through Hopper Health Strategies, LLC, emphasizes targeted methods for collaborative, team-based care, high-fidelity clinical pathways and targeted advisories, the creation of powerful clinical/operational collaboration, and the leveraging of unique community partnerships.
Dr. Hopper is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He attended and graduated from Baylor University (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), The University of Texas Medical Branch, and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Hopper also has an MBA from a combined program with The University of Texas at Dallas, and Southwestern Medical School (Gamma Beta Sigma International Honor Society).