Edward W. Capparelli, MD.

EDWARD W. CAPPARELLI, MD.                                   CLASS OF1972

Dr. Edward W. Capparelli was born in Oneida, New York in 1954.  His parents moved to Canastota when he was two years old and he was educated in the Canastota school system from which he graduated in 1972.  While in high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society and earned a New York State Regents Scholarship and a National Merit Letter of Commendation.

He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts on scholarship. While there he was a member of the Sigma Chi National Research Honor Society and in 1975 was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Applied Biology.                                                                                   


Edward also studied at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY and received his M.D. degree in 1979.  Participating in a three-year residency program in family medicine in McAllen, Texas, he received board certification in this area in 1982.

Following his training, Edward spent ten years as a medical missionary working with the Miskito people in eastern Honduras during the period of the Contra conflict with Nicaragua. He returned to the United States in 1993 to work with Spanish-speaking migrant farm workers in east Tennessee.  Continuing his career, Edward works with community health centers and currently serves as medical director for six clinics in Scott County, Tennessee with his office located in Oneida, Tennessee.  Edward worked as the physician for the Scott County Jail and for several surrounding county jails for many years.

In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Capparelli was an assistant clinical professor of family medicine for the East Tennessee State University School of Medicine for twenty years.  He also served as the state advocacy chairman for the American Heart Association for many years.  Since 1994 he has been actively involved with organized medicine and serves on the TennCare (Tennessee Medicaid) Pharmacy Advisory Committee.   Dr. Capparelli currently serves as chairman of the above committee and has been a long-time delegate to the Tennessee Medical Association House of Delegates.  During this time, he spent four years as Speaker of the House and is currently President-elect of that organization.

Dr. Capparelli has received numerous awards including the Tennessee Primary Care Association “Outstanding Practitioner of the Year” and the Leadership Excellence Award.  Other recognition includes the American Lung Association State Development Award for Tennessee, the American Heart Association Tennessee State Advocacy Award, the southeastern United States Advocate of the Year Award and the Tennessee Medical Association Physician of the Year.

Dr. Capparelli has three adult children:  Elizabeth, Daniel and Robert and three young grandsons, Samuel and Noah Thacker and William Capparelli.