Deborah Opacic, EdD, PA-C

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    Title

    Assistant Professor and Program Director

    Office Location

    3010 William Pitt Way, Room 224, Pittsburgh, PA

    Office phone

    412-624-6736

Academic Appointment:

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director
  • Physician Assistant Studies

Professional Education

  • May 2001 Doctorate in Education and Leadership
    Duquesne University
    Pittsburgh, PA 15282
  • May 1994 Master's Degree of Medical Science
    St. Francis University
    Loretto, PA
  • August 1982 B. S. Physician Assistant
    St. Francis University
    Loretto, PA

Certification and Licensure

  • 2010-2012 National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.Certification Number: 1013206.
  • 2010-2012 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Department of State, State Board of Medical Education and Licensure MA-000662L
  • 2001-2010 Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Research

  • Kirkwood, J., Opacic, D., Boucher, Y., Jain, R.K. Phase 1B Study(PCI89-36) Measurement of Interstitial Fluid Pressure in Human Tumors. Dec. 1989, Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 2
  • Roth, A.,Zajko,A., Vlock, D., Ernstoff, M.,Futrell, W., Opacic, D. A Phase IB Study Intralymphatic or Intradermal recombinant Interleuken 2 in Patients with in Transit Local Regional Metastatic Melanoma. Dec. 1988, Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Kirkwood, JK, Ernstoff, MS, Vlock, DR, Opacic, DA, Boucher, Y, Jain, R. A Synthesis of Biological Approaches to Melanoma Under Study at the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Paradis,IL, Manzetti, J, Foust, D, Opacic, D, Hardesty, R, Griffith, BP. When to Refer for Lung Transplantation? Characteristics of Candidates who Die Prior vs Those who Survive to Receive a Transplant. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Griffith, BP, Manzetti, J, Foust, D, Opacic, DA, Paradis,I, Hardesty, R. Lung Transplant Candidates-Lesson for Referral and Donor Allocation. (1993) University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Opacic, DA. The Relationship between Self-Efficacy, Outcome Expectation, Outcome Values and Physician Assistant Students’ Clinical Performance: A Comparison to the Relationship with Traditional Academic Variables. (2001) Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Agarawala, S, Opacic, DA. A Retrospective Analysis of the Patterns of Care, Trends in Safety of the Administration of High Dose IL 2 in Patients with Metastatic Melanoma and Renal Cell Carcinoma (2001). University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Opacic, D. The Relationship Between Self- efficacy, Preceptor Evaluations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, Case presentations and Objective Examinations as Measures of Physician Assistant Clinical Performance (2004). Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Lebovitz, P, Vazquez, J, Franzen, M, Cessna, E, Krebs, K, Sepesy, K, Opacic, D. IBS-A Mind Body Spirit Approach. (2004-present) Allegheny Singer Research Institute.
  • Opacic, D. “The Relationship Between Preceptor Evaluations, Objective Structured Clinical Examination, Case Presentations and Objective Examinations as Measures of Physician Assistant Performance”.2001
  • Opacic, D. Pilot Project: Palliative Care Concepts in Physician Assistant Education;
  • The Impact of a Continuing Medical Education Workshop. Duquesne University. November 4, 2005.

Publications

  • Kirkwood, J., Ernstoff, MS., Vlock, D., Opacic, D., Boucher, Y., Jain, R. A Synthesis of Biological Approaches to Melanoma Under Study at the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. P. Hersey (Ed), Biological Agents in the Treatment of Cancer: Proceedings of the International Conference, Newcastle, September 4-7, 1990. Newcastle, NSW.
  • Boucher,Y., Kirkwood, JM, Opacic, D., Desantis, M., Jain, RJ. Interstitial Hypertension in Superficial Metastatic Melanoma in Humans. Cancer Research, Dec. 15, 1991, 51 (24): 6691-4.
  • Opacic, D. Pulmonary Transplantation: Criteria for Eligibility and Referral. Physician Assistant Journal, February, 1998, 22 (2): 62 -76.
  • Opacic, D. Vascular surgery. In: Labus JB, ed. The Physician Assistant Surgical Handbook. W. B. Saunders Company; 1998: Chp 13.
  • Opacic, D. Subclavian line insertion. In: Labus JB, ed. The Physician Assistant Surgical Handbook. W.B. Saunders Company; 1998:557 - 559. 3
  • Opacic, D. The Relationship between Self-Efficacy, Outcome Expectation, Outcome Values and Physician Assistant Students’ Clinical Performance: A Comparison to the Relationship with Traditional Academic Variable. Journal of Allied Health, Fall 2003, 32 (3): 158-166.
  • Opacic, D. Chest Tube Thoracostomy. In: Labus JB, ed. The Physician Assistant Medical Handbook. Second Edition. W.B. Saunders Company; 2004: 999-1002.
  • Opacic, D. Subclavian Line Insertion. In: Labus JB, ed. The Physician Assistant Medical Handbook. Second Edition. W.B. Saunders Company; 2004: 1010-1011.
  • Opacic, D. Thoracentesis. In: Labus JB, ed. The Physician Assistant Medical Handbook. Second Edition. W.B. Saunders Company; 2004: 1011-1014.
  • Opacic, D. Wound Care. In: Labus JB, ed. The Physician Assistant Medical Handbook. Second Edition. W.B. Saunders Company; 2004: 1014-1019.
  • Opacic, D. Palliative Care and Chronic Pain Education in the physician Assistant Program: Duquesne University Experience. Journal of Palliative Care, Montreal, Canada. Submitted for publication September 2004.
  • Petersen, M. The Impact off the Clinical Encounter: Community Partnerships and Service Learning in Physician Assistant Education. Proceedings of the First Annual Best Practices in higher Education Conference at Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. November 2004.
  • Opacic, D., Jones, S. PANCE Scores: Does Rotation Sequence Matter? Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants’ News. Fall 2005.

Lectures, Symposiums, Presentations, Posters, Projects

  • Boucher, Y., Opacic, D., Kirkwood, J.M., Jain, R.K. Interstitial Hypertension in Human Melanomas. Symposium on Tumor Microcirculation, June 3, 1990, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Griffith, B.P., Manzetti, J., Foust,D., Opacic, D., Paradis, I., Hardesty, R. LungTransplantation Candidates--Lesson for Referral and Donor Allocation. April 25, 1993, The American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Paradis, I.L., Manzetti, J., Foust, D., Opacic, D., Hardesty, R., Griffith, B.P.
  • When to Refer for Lung Transplantation? Characteristics of Candidates who Die Prior vs Those Who Survive to Receive A transplant. May 16, 1993, ALA/ATS, San Francisco, California.
  • Roth, A., Zajko, A., Vlock, D., Ernstoff, M., Futrell, W., Opacic, D., Gemperlein, M., Kirkwood, J. A Phase IB Study of Intralymphatic(IL) or Intradermal (ID) Recombinant Interleukin 2 (IL2) in Patients with In Transit Local Regional Metastatic Melanoma. May 21, 1989 , American Society of Clinical Oncology, San Francisco, California.
  • Opacic, D. Minority Student Recruitment Workshop. June 22, 1996, Department of Physician Assistant, Duquesne University.
  • Opacic, D. The Role of the University in the Democratic Society. December, 1996. School of Education, Duquesne University
  • Opacic, D. Department of Physician Assistant Curriculum Analysis. April, 1997. School of Education, Duquesne University
  • Opacic, D. Mission Possible: Teachers as Leaders. Strategies within the Classroom. October 14, 1997, School of Education, Duquesne University 4
  • Opacic, D. Virtual Classroom. October 25, 1997, Association of Physician Assistant Programs, 1997 Educational Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Opacic, D. Description of Instructional Methods within Physician Assistant Programs Nationwide. April 25, 1998, School of Education, Duquesne University.
  • Opacic, D. Implementation of Cultural Diversity in the Higher Education Curriculum. May 6, 1999, School of Education, Duquesne University.
  • Opacic, D. Educational Leadership-A Physician Assistant View. June 21, 1999, School of Education, Duquesne University.
  • Opacic, D., Patterson, D., Ferri, WA. Acute Myeloid Leukemia: A Case Report of Bone Marrow Necrosis Associated with Myelodysplasia. May 27, 2000, The 9th Annual Clinical Professional Symposium of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Opacic, D., Johnson, S., Bulian, D. With the Use of Highly Active Retroviral Therapy (HART) Why Not the substantial Decrease in AIDS Related Lymphoma as is Seen with AIDS Related Opportunistic Infections? May 27, 2001, The 10th Annual Clinical Professional Symposium of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Anaheim, California.
  • Opacic, D Respiratory Diseases and Lung Sounds. November 28, 2001, Department of Athletic Training, Duquesne University.
  • Opacic, D. Oncology in 2001. November , 2001, Department of Athletic Training, Duquesne University.
  • Opacic, D. “Keeping the Beat” Recognition & Interpretation of ECG Rhythms. September 27, 2002. Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Participation in the development of a “Faculty Resource Manual” for APAP. Collaboration with other APAP faculty in developing educational learning objectives common to PA education. (2001-2002)
  • Opacic, DA. Congestive Heart Failure Patient Education. Instruction of physician assistant students to educate patients hospitalized for acute congestive heart failure. September 2003 – present. Ongoing patient education project with the PA students.
  • Opacic, D. How to Succeed in the Clinical Clerkship. Northeast Regional Meeting, Duquesne University, March 8th, 2003.
  • Opacic, D. Anemia in the 21st Century October 17th 2003. Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Opacic, D. Introduction to Oncology. November , 2003, Department of Athletic Training, Duquesne University.
  • Opacic, D. ABC of Palliative Care. 2nd Annual Steel City Symposium. Duquesne University, March 27, 2004.
  • Opacic, D. “Keeping the Beat” Electrocardiography. April and June 2004, Department of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy, Duquesne University.
  • Opacic, D., Petersen, M. Service Learning in Physician Assistant Education. Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, November 19, 2004.
  • Pearls of the Profession; “Easing transition to the clinical year by enhancing student self-efficacy through the clinical encounter.” Submitted 2004 APAP Education Forum November 3-7 but not accepted.
  • Opacic, D., Jones, S. PANCE Scores: Does Rotation Sequence Matter? 30 th Annual 5
  • Pennsylvania Physician Assistant Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. October 15-19, 2005.
  • Center for Digestive Health. Functional Bowel Clinic. A team of health care practitioners; gastroenterologist, internist-nutritionist, psychologist, chaplain, physician assistant and nurse specializing in alternative health care practice, develop a customized plan of care for each clinic participant in order to improve upon their quality of life.
  • Opacic, D. Pilot Project: Palliative Care Concepts in Physician Assistant Education;
  • The Impact of a Continuing Medical Education Workshop. Duquesne University. APAP National Conference. Puerto Rico, November 4, 2005.
  • Opacic, D. “Hepatitis”. Lecture presentation ALF Living Well with Liver Disease Conference. November 4, 2006. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Opacic, D. “Non alcoholic liver disease”. Lecture presentation ALF Living Well with Liver Disease Conference. November, 2008. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Opacic, D. Your Liver. Your Life. Lecture presentation ALF, April 22, 2009. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Opacic, D. “Hematology Review” Cedar Bluff Physician Assistant Certification/Recertification Seminar Lecture Series. July 31, 2009. Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Opacic, D. "Diagnosing and Treating Hepatitis C:  ALF Northwest AAIDS Alliance Training Program, June 7, 2011.  University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Reviews/Boards

  • Pocket Notes: The Peripheral Brain by Richard Dehn. F.A Davis Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. May 2000.
  • J. Peter Nyquist Student Writing Competition Association of Physician Assistant Programs. 1998-present.
  • Peer Reviewer The Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants 1998-present.
  • Physician Assistant Course Outline Review, by Bert Simon. Appleton and Lange, Stamford, CT. April 1999.
  • Multiple Myeloma. The Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. March 2003.
  • Subclavian Line Insertion, Tube Thoracostomy, Thoracentesis and Wound Care. In: Labus JB, ed. The Physician Assistant Medical Handbook. W. B. Saunders Company; 2003.
  • Overview of Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. The Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Jan 2004.
  • Consultant to Ohio Board of Regents for the review of proposed transition from baccalaureate to graduate physician assistant program for Kettering College of Medical Arts. December 2004.
  • Member of the Pfizer Medical Advisory Board on “The Role of the PA in Cardiovascular Risk Management” June 2005.
  • Abstract Reviewer AAPA Poster Session. AAPA Annual PA Conference, May 28-June 2, 2005. Orlando, Fla.
  • ECG Interpretation Workbook by Shirley A. Jones. F.A Davis Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. May 2005.
  • Physician Assistant Advisory Board Member on “The Role of the Physician Assistant in Cardiovascular Risk Management.” Orlando, Fl. June 1-2, 2005. 
  • Rhoads-Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning. Chapter 5-Integumentary Disorders and Chapter 11- Gastrointestinal Disorders. June 6, 2005. 6
  • Proposal for PA School Handbook: Preparing for and Making it through the Program. June 17, 2005.
  • Pharmacotherapeutics: Clinical Reasoning in Primary Care, second edition. Fall 2005.
  • Editor, Cedar Bluff Physician Assistant Certification/Recertification Seminar Lecture Series Session entitled “Hematology”. December 2008.

Service Professional Leadership

  •  PA Educator of the Year, Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants, 2010
  •  Fellow Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants 
  • Fellow American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Fellow Society of Gastroenterology Physician Assistants 
  • Physician Assistant Education Association
  • American Liver Foundation Associate Medical Advisory Committee Member
  • TRUST Project Advisory Committee:  Support of Victims of Violence/Rape 2010-Present

Biographical Sketch:

Deborah A. Opacic, Ed.D., PA-C., received a physician assistant degree at St. Francis University in Loretto, PA. She completed her graduate studies and received a Master of Medical Sciences Degree, also at St. Francis, and received a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Duquesne University.

Dr. Opacic has held clinical and academic appointments with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and Allegheny General Hospital. Her clinical experience is in Adult Psychiatry, Hematology/Oncology, Cardiothoracic Surgery; Solid Organ Transplantation and Gastroenterology. During her tenure at Duquesne University, Dr. Opacic served as Academic Coordinator, Clinical Coordinator and Vice Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society of Gastroenterology Physician Assistants, Physician Assistant Education Association and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants.

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