Pediatric Program Administration

Matt Grisham, MD

Program Director, Pediatric Residency

Dr. Grisham received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 2007 where he was also inducted into AOA Honor Medical Society. During his residency at Greenville Health System, he received the Lily M. and G. D. Jackson Fund Award for Young Physician of Exceptional Promise, the Miracle Maker Award, and resident teaching awards. Upon completion of his pediatric residency in 2010, he served for one year as a chief resident and then as clinical faculty in both inpatient and outpatient general pediatrics, including some private practice experience. He has received the outstanding faculty teaching award on five occasions, the Paul V. Catalana, MD Exemplary Character Award, and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2016. Dr. Grisham’s academic interests include resident education and mentorship.

Amanda Hartke, MD PhD

Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency

Dr. Hartke received her medical degree and her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2009. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Texas Southwestern. After residency, she joined the faculty at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas where she received the Clinical Teaching Award for Core Clerkship Teachers. In 2014, Dr. Hartke joined the Greenville faculty as a pediatric hospitalist. She has served as the M4 Pediatric Director for the USC School of Medicine Greenville since 2014 and is the faculty co-advisor for the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She received the 2017 USCSOM Greenville Golden Peach Award for Excellence in M4 Education. Dr. Hartke’s academic interests include undergraduate and graduate medical education as well as pediatric hospital medicine

Mark Krom, DO

Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency

Dr. Krom received his medical degree from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus in 2013. During his pediatric residency at Prisma Health Upstate, he received the Miracle Maker award and medical student teaching award. He then completed one year as chief resident before joining the pediatric faculty. Dr. Krom also serves as the fourth year medical student course director for ambulatory pediatrics. His academic interests include medical education, physician wellness, and mentorship.

Russ Kolarik, MD

Program Director, Med-Peds Residency Program

Dr. Kolarik received his medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine where he graduated AOA. He then completed his Med-Peds residency at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Kolarik completed a General Internal Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Kolarik was elected to the Med-Peds Program Director’s Association Executive Committee in 2012 and served as President of this national organization for 2013-14. Dr. Kolarik has also been appointed to the ACGME Review Committee for Internal Medicine for a six-year term starting in 2017. Dr. Kolarik’s academic interests include resident wellness, transitional care, medical care for young adults with special health care needs, and doctor-patient communication. He also serves on the APDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee.

Robin LaCroix, MD

Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Children’s Hospital

Dr. LaCroix received her MD degree from the University of South Carolina in 1986. She did a Pediatric internship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then completed her Pediatric Residency at the Greenville Health System in 1989. After residency, Dr. LaCroix was in private Pediatric practice for 2 ½ years before leaving to do a fellowship at Emory University in Pediatric Infectious Disease. In 1995, Dr. LaCroix returned to Greenville to establish the Division of Infectious Disease at the Children’s Hospital and served as the Center for Pediatric Medicine associate clinic director for several years. In 2001 when the Med-Peds residency was created, Dr. Lacroix served a Co-program director of the residency until 2008. She is Pediatric Hospital Epidemiologist and was Vice Chair of Quality and Medical Staff Affairs for Pediatrics until 2017 when she became Medical Director of Children’s Hospital and Chair of Department of Pediatrics. Dr. LaCroix is still practicing Pediatric Infectious Disease at Children’s Hospital.

Mandy Komenko

Coordinator, Residency Program
Phone: 864-455-7895
Email: mandy.komenko@prismahealth.org

Mandy, a Florida native, moved to Greenville in 2008. Shortly after, she accepted a position with the Greenville Health System. In 2012 she moved into the role as the Pediatric Residency Program Coordinator. What she loves most about her job is EVERYTHING. Mandy says it’s rewarding to watch the residents grow from interns into confident physicians and knowing in some way she played a part in it. Mandy and her husband Bobby have been married for 17 years. They have a 7 year old daughter named Madison and a very happy but rambunctious chocolate lab named Sophie. In her free time, Mandy enjoys watching football (GO TIGERS), going to see theatrical plays with her daughter and anything fall weather related.

Ashley Hitchcock

Coordinator, Residency Program
Phone: 864-455-3519
Email: ashley.hitchcock@prismahealth.org

Ashley came to Greenville in 2012 after receiving her degree in Business Administration and working as a Unit Secretary at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY. She has been a Program Coordinator for the Pediatric Residency since 2015, as well as the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship. The “work mom duties” she enjoys the most include onboarding new residents, assisting in the coordination of the Nelson’s conference series, planning events, and the day to day interaction with all of our residents and fellows. In her free time, you can find her hiking in the Upstate area, riding her bike on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, visiting local breweries and trying new restaurants, or curing her travel bug. Her favorite places that she has been to recently are Ireland and Zion National Park.

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Alyssa Beaver

Administrative Assistant, Residency Program
Phone: 864-455-3643
Email: Alyssa.Beaver@prismahealth.org