OpalekDr. Opalek earned her PhD in experimental pathobiology from The Ohio State University. Most recently she worked at OhioHealth, where she served as director of Academic Research Services.

As administrative director of the Center for Surgical Health Assessment, Research and Policy (SHARP), Dr. Opalek will be responsible for providing research support services to faculty, fostering collaborations between researchers, optimizing outcomes of surgical patients and monitoring health services research efforts and outcomes. She brings more than a decade of experience overseeing benchside, clinical and health services research teams.