Frank Opelka (ACS)

Member, LAN Guiding Committee

Medical Director of Quality and Health Policy, American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Executive Vice President of Health Care and Medical Education Redesign, Louisiana State University (LSU)


Frank Opelka, MD, FACS, is a physician executive who serves as the medical director of quality and health policy at the American College of Surgeons in Washington, DC, and as the executive vice president of health care and medical education redesign for the Louisiana State University Health System. He is a professor of surgery. He currently serves as the chair of the American Medical Association’s Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, chairs the National Quality Forum’s Consensus Standards Advisory Committee, and he founded and chairs the Surgical Quality Alliance convening over 20 surgical specialties. He leads an LSU statewide effort using “big data” in a clinical data warehouse which provides rich analytics for quality improvement, real-time clinical decision supports, feeds for maintenance of certification reporting, and outputs for national specialty data registries. Frank reviews for five international journals and is a published colorectal surgeon.

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