Dr. Stephen Carek is an Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine at the Center for Family Medicine. Originally from Charleston, SC, he attended Clemson University where he majored in Genetics with a minor in Biochemistry. For medical school he attended the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was selected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he was awarded the Bryant L. Galusha Internship Award in 2015, as well as the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Outstanding Resident of the Year and the Mecklenberg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research Award for Outstanding Research and Community Service in 2017. He completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Florida where he served as a team physician for the Florida Gators, Santa Fe Saints, and the Buchholz High School Bobcats and was awarded the AMSSM/NCAA Research Award at the 2018 AMSSM Annual Meeting. Dr. Carek has provided medical coverage for numerous events, including the Cooper River Bridge Run, NCAA tournaments, WWE wrestling, marathons and ultra-distance triathlons.
His academic interests include sports cardiology, sports related concussion, event coverage, musculoskeletal ultrasound, resident and medical student education, and healthcare innovation. He and his wife, Amanda, are the proud parents of two daughters. He is a competitive runner, golfer and an avid fan of the Clemson Tigers.