Since 2001, Steven M. Opal, MD, has served as chief of the infectious disease division at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. A professor of medicine at Brown Medical School, Opal received the school's prestigious Chairman's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002. He has served as the principal investigator for numerous worldwide, multi-center trials of adjuvant agents for severe sepsis, and has served on numerous data safety monitoring boards.
Opal is a member of several professional societies including the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the International Cytokine Society, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the International Endotoxin and Innate Immunity Society. He is on the steering committee of the International Sepsis Forum. Opal has published more than 150 peer-reviewed research articles and has edited several academic research journals as well as three textbooks on infectious diseases, endotoxin-mediated diseases and septic shock.
Opal's undergraduate degree was awarded from Cornell University; Albany Medical School conferred his medical degree. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, and was a fellow in infectious diseases at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
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