OPUS 12 Foundation, Inc.

OPUS 12 Foundation
  • We are dedicated to medical research, scientific review, and related educational activities.
  • Our expertise includes value-based healthcare, patient safety, and specialty-specific academic endeavors.
  • We publish internationally in order to reach people around the globe. Our publications include OPUS 12 Scientist, our online journal as well as a number of Internet Wikis dedicated to our mission. OPUS 12 Foundation is also an official supporter of two major International publications:
  • OPUS 12 Foundation recognizes that being a researcher entails a leadership role, and we encourage multi-disciplinary activities and discussion panels that incorporate physicians, scientists, and other professionals to discuss major issues and crises facing our society and our world.
  • OPUS 12 Foundation sponsors a number of Expert Groups:
 Acute Care Surgery Expert Group
 Cardiac Critical Care Expert Group
 International Clinical Sonography Expert Group
 International Patient Safety Expert Group
 Military & Disaster Medicine Expert Group
 Pain & Palliative Care Expert Group

  • Finally, recognizing that our role as research leaders is not complete without leaving a permanent legacy to those who follow in our footsteps, we develop and implement medical education, review programs, and other scholarly activities.


OPUS 12 Board of Directors (Listed Alphabetically)
  • Dr John Chovanes - Philadelphia, PA, USA *
  • Dr James Cipolla - Current OPUS 12 President, Bethlehem, PA, USA *
  • Dr Anthony Dippolito (MBA) - Member, Board of Governors, American College of Surgeons, Bethlehem, PA, USA *
  • Dr Vijay A. Doraiswamy - OPUS 12 Director of Internet Publications, Tucson, AZ, USA.
  • Dr Sagar Galwankar (MPH) - Executive Editor, J Emerg Trauma Shock (JETS); Editor-in-Chief, Int J Crit Illn Inj Sci (IJCIIS); and Chief Academic Officer of INDO-US Emergency & Trauma Collaborative. INDO-US Emergency & Trauma Collaborative Representative
  • Dr Oliver L. Gunter Jr. - Member of Leadership Council, Acute Care Surgery Expert Group, Nashville, TN, USA
  • Dr Brian A. Hoey - Current Chair, General Surgery Residency Program Director, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, USA *
  • Dr Jay Jenoff - Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA *
  • Dr Gary Lombardo - Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY, USA *
  • Dr John J. Lukaszczyk - Director, Wound Care Services, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, USA *
  • Dr Niels D. Martin - Co-Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA *
  • Dr Thomas J. Papadimos - Vice-Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Associate Director for Leadership at the Center for Faculty Advancement, Mentoring, and Engagement, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, USA
  • Dr Sherwin P. Schrag - Director of Surgical Education, Liberty Health/Jersey City Medical Center, NJ, USA *
  • Dr Babak Sarani - Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
  • Dr Mark J. Seamon - The Trauma Center at University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, USA *
  • Dr Stanislaw P. Stawicki - Chair, Department of Research & Innovation, Medical Director of Post-Doctoral Research Training Program, and Medical Director of the Institutional Review Board, St Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, USA *
  • Dr Melissa L. Whitmill - Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Director, Miami Valley Hospital / Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OH, USA
Honorary Members of the Board (Listed Alphabetically)
  • Dr Harry L. Anderson III (2009) - Director of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Dr Charles H, Cook (2009) - Section Chief, Acute Care Surgery, Trauma, and Surgical Critical Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA
  • Dr Anthony J. Dean (2007) - OPUS 12 Chief Science Officer. Director of Emergency Medicine Ultrasound and Fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Dr Vicente H. Gracias (2007) - Interim Dean & Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group, Rutgers / Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
  • Dr Michael D. Grossman (2008) - Division Chief, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Group, New York, NY, USA
  • Dr Gabriel M. Gurman (2008) - Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Ben Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences, Beer Sheva, Israel
  • Dr Larry Melniker (2010) - Vice-Chair for Quality Management & Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Emergency Medicine, New York Methodist Hospital, Bronx, NY, USA
  • Dr Michael L. Nance (2007) - Josephine J. and John M. Templeton, Jr. Chair in Pediatric Trauma, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Dr Steven M. Steinberg (2008) - Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs, Division Chief of Traum, Critical Care, and Burn, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, USA 

*Indicates founding members

In Memoriam
  • We will always remember Major John P. Pryor, MD (1966-2008) and celebrate his life and achievements. A true giant among trauma surgeons, his legacy lives on through the positive impact he had on his colleagues, trainees, and patients.

OPUS 12 Research Department Directors

OPUS 12 Local Chapters

OPUS 12 Foundation Science Team

  • The OPUS 12 Foundation Core Research Team is currently composed of nearly 100 members in numerous local chapters worldwide
    • For more information on our research team, click here. Qualified OPUS 12 members may receive scientific rank within the Foundation.
    • OPUS 12 Foundation fosters collaborative, non-competitive and constructive research. We oppose the concept of 'basement scientist'. 
    • Our Global Research Coordinator is Ms Christy Stehly BS. Based at the St Luke's Temple Medical School, Bethlehem, Penna, Ms Stehly has extensive experience in coordinating complex, multi-institutional projects.
  • Our Research Team has an extensive cumulative research experience, with multiple publications in peer reviewed journals, numerous local, regional, national and international presentations, and many other publications (chapters, editorials, etc).
  • OPUS 12 Foundation has four scientific ranks, designed to foster the opportunity for Science Team member advancement: (a) OPUS 12 Principal Scientist (highest rank); (b) OPUS 12 Senior Scientist; (c) OPUS 12 Associate Scientist; and (d) OPUS 12 Assistant (Candidate) Scientist (entry rank). 
  • OPUS 12 Foundation is planning an expansion of the Science Team to include permanent bio-statistics and biomedical research protocol expert positions. Please click on the OPUS 12 Science Team link above for more information on our Science Team.
OPUS 12 Foundation Legal Team
  • Law Offices of James F. Carney, Esq.
    610 West Germantown Pike, Suite 400
    Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
  • Phone (610) 940-3990; Fax (215) 643-4030; E-mail [carneyjf@aol.com]