The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has announced that Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, a colorectal surgeon and physician executive, and Patrick V. Bailey, MD, FACS, a pediatric surgeon, will join the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy this summer. Dr. Opelka, who has worked on a number of College committees as well as with socioeconomic and state and federal health care quality organizations, will serve as the ACS Medical Director of Quality and Health Policy. Dr. Bailey, who has also been active on several ACS committees and in the legislative arena, will serve as the ACS Medical Director of Advocacy.
“I believe the addition of these two individuals to our leadership team will strengthen our presence in Washington, and I look forward to working with both of them as we face the changing landscape of health care delivery in the U.S. and abroad,” said ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS.
Leadership in redesigning health system
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.
An Arkansas native, Dr. Bailey is chief of pediatric surgery at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the American College of Surgeons Professional Association Political Action Committee and is a member of the ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Group. He is completing his work toward a master of legal studies degree at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and is a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Dr. Bailey completed medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, his pediatric surgical training at Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, NY, and his general surgery and surgical critical care residency at St. Louis University, MO.
“The College is the beneficiary of members’ knowledge, talents, and commitment to quality patient care,” Dr. Hoyt noted. “It is very exciting that Dr. Opelka and Dr. Bailey, who personify these attributes, will bring their invaluable work and life experiences to address the challenges that face the College. I extend my deepest gratitude to them and to the entire ACS membership for their dedicated service ultimately to the patients we serve.”