Dr. Opelka chairs the Surgical Quality Alliance, established by the ACS, and the American Medical Association Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement. He also plays a leadership role on the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Consensus Standards Approval Committee and the NQF’s Measure Application Partnership.
He is currently executive vice-president of health care and medical redesign at Louisiana State University (LSU) System, Baton Rouge. Dr. Opelka spearheaded the redesign of Louisiana’s health care delivery system, which involved the privatization of a large public hospital system. He also fostered the development of a clinical data warehouse at LSU, which expanded service to a number of national specialty society registries.
Dr. Opelka is a native of Chicago, IL, graduated medical school from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago, and completed his surgical residency with the U.S. Army.