Dr. Opal graduated with a degree in Medicine from the University of Poona, India and a doctorate degree in neuroscience from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his neurological residency training at the University of Iowa, followed by fellowship training in Movement Disorders and Genetics at the Baylor College of Medicine. In 2003, Dr. Opal was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurology, with additional appointments in the department of Cell and Molecular Biology and the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience. In the graduate school, he directs a course on the Neurobiology of Disease. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Opal runs a neurological practice focusing on movement disorders and disorders of the cerebellum.
In addition, Dr. Opal heads a research laboratory dedicated to understanding neurodegenerative diseases. His current focus is on elucidating how the cerebellum undergoes progressive dysfunction in genetic and acquired degenerative syndromes. Dr. Opal has received several research awards from the NIH, the American Cancer Society, the National Ataxia Foundation and the National Organization for Rare Disorders.