A native of Buffalo, NY, Dr. Kopp developed a keen interest in the impactful efforts of a surgeon at a young age when his baby sister was saved by the hands of an otolaryngology surgeon. He attended Saint Lawrence University as an undergraduate coupling a pre-medical curriculum with an economics major. Economics complemented his interest in medicine as the discipline attempts to understand the decisions people make. When not in the classroom, his time was spent on the field as a varsity lacrosse player. Working as a team to achieve common goals is a core guiding principle of Dr. Kopp’s and one that is imperative in each of his patient interactions. He graduated with honors and commenced his medical education at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. During all 4 years in medical school Dr. Kopp served as College of Medicine Vice President building leadership skills. With these efforts, he came to appreciate the impactful efforts of surgeons and chose to pursue a career as an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon. The breadth of the special, intricate surgeries, technologic capabilities and the ability to alter patient’s daily lives drove this decision. Dr. Kopp was thrilled to stay at Upstate to complete his surgical training under the guidance of his medical school mentors. During his surgical training Dr. Kopp made understanding and optimizing the patient experience a key priority.