Ryan K. Opp '01
Distinguished Young Alumnus
Ryan Opp is a graduate of Dowling High School where he was involved with the football and baseball programs. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a business degree in 2005.
After college he traveled around the country working for a small medical company for one year before joining his current employer, Intuitive Surgical. Since that time he has been responsible for building and implementing minimally invasive computer assisted surgery programs (da Vinci Robotic Surgery) across Iowa and throughout the Midwest. Since 2006 the program has grown from treating a few thousand patients each year to more than one million annually, a number which continues to grow.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lindsey, and their two boys, Kadin and Maverick, both of whom attend St. Pius X School in Urbandale. He and his family are very active and spend much of their time traveling and at the ice rink. His involvement with hockey led him to start a foundation to raise money for a youth sports complex, an initiative which has evolved to become the MidAmerican Energy RecPlex. Construction will begin in the spring with an anticipated opening date of August 2020. The complex will serve thousands of youth across the Midwest and will help to stimulate the local economy by serving as a destination for regional competitions.
Opp is proud to receive this award and believes there is no better experience than to have the opportunity to attend Dowling Catholic.