Dr. Kolarik was raised in Canton, Ohio and attended the University of Notre Dame for his undergraduate studies. He 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 Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/University of Cincinnati Med-Peds Program. After residency, Dr. Kolarik completed a General Internal Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He then served as Associate Program Director for Med-Peds at UPMC until he took over as their Med-Peds Program Director in 2004. While in Pittsburgh, he also co-created and led one of the only general academic Med-Peds fellowship programs in the nation. In July of 2008, Dr. Kolarik joined the faculty of the Greenville Health System (GHS), now Prisma Health – Upstate as Med-Peds Program Director. 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. During his time on the MPPDA Executive Committee, Dr. Kolarik worked to develop internet resources for the MPPDA as well as helping to author the Textbook for Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors. Dr. Kolarik has also been appointed to the ACGME Review Committee for Internal Medicine for a six-year term starting in 2017. After thirteen years as Program director of the Prisma Health Med-Ped was promoted the position of the Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education (GME) and the Prisma Health-Update DIO (Designated Institutional Official). He will continue to serve as key Clinical Med-Peds faculty, mentor Med-Peds residents and work closely with Med-Peds leadership at the GMH level to make system-wide improvements. Dr. Kolarik’s academic interests include resident wellness, transitional care, medical care for young adults with special health care needs, and doctor-patient communication.