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N. Randall Kolb, MD

  • Family Medicine Faculty
  • Associate Clinical Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine, Pennsylvania State College of Medicine

Dr. N. Randall Kolb received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. Upon completion of his residency training at UPMC Shadyside, he was medical director for St. James Santee Rural Health Clinic located in McClellanville, South Carolina. He joined the faculty at UPMC Shadyside in 1987.  Dr. Kolb became the medical director for the Family Health Center in 1997 and served in this capacity for the next eight years.

From 2005 through 2016, Dr. Kolb was the Director of UPMC Shadyside’s Family Medicine Residency Program.  Under his leadership, the residency has expanded the faculty and breadth of teaching expertise. He was instrumental in the creation of the Global Health and Underserved Tracks. He has maintained strong relationships with community groups such as, Health Care for the Homeless of Allegheny County. Dr. Kolb oversaw the expansion of services in the Family Health Center, the Adult Inpatient Service, the skilled nursing facility, and Carnegie Mellon University’s Student Health Services.

His interests include capacity building within primary care for treatment of patients with Hepatitis B and C, teaching continuous quality improvement, and the doctor-patient relationship, especially as it is affected by the physician’s interviewing skills. He teaches community-oriented primary care at the Shoulder to Shoulder Program in northern Honduras. Dr. Kolb has been working with the community in San Jose since 1990. He also serves as vice president on the Shoulder to Shoulder Pittsburgh Board. From 1987 to the present, Dr. Kolb has been a volunteer physician with Health Care for the Homeless whose mission is to treat the medically underserved population in Allegheny County.

In 2003, Dr. Kolb became a recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Awards for Public Service for his work with Health Care for the Homeless. He received the Adriana M. Selvaggio, MD Dedication to Commitment and Quality Award in recognition of his dedication to UPMC Shadyside in 2013. Since 2012, Dr. Kolb has been named one of the top family medicine physicians in the country on the annual list of “Best Doctors in America®” and Pittsburgh's Best Doctors List published by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Dr. Kolb continues to enjoy his four adult children as they develop their careers and find wonderful life partners. He faithfully practices and sometimes teaches yoga

If you were to ask Dr. Kolb what he appreciated most when he was the director of the residency program, he would tell you, “Seeing recent medical graduates grow and develop their skills then watching them become fully competent physicians.”


Scholarly Research Project

Transforming the Cascade of Hepatitis C Care: Evaluation of the Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Model for Hepatitis C Treatment Delivery at Community Health Centers  Principal Investigator

Representative Publications

2017 - 2018

  • Moral Distress with Obstacles to Hepatitis C Treatment: A Council of Academic Family Medicine Educational Research Alliance (CERA) Study of Family Medicine Program Directors; Aditya Simha, Camille Maria Webb, Ramakrishna Prasad, N. Randall Kolb and Peter J. Veldkamp ;J Am Board Fam Med March-April 2018; 31:286-291; doi:10.3122/jabfm.2018.02.170220

2016 - 2017

  • Intent to Build Hepatitis C Treatment Capacity Within Family Medicine Residencies:  A Nationwide Survey of Program Directors: A CERA Study; Camille Webb Camminati, MD; Aditya Simha, PhD; N. Randall Kolb, MD; Ramakrishna Prasad, MD, MPH; Family Medicine, Sept 2016 Vol 48, No 8.
  • Letter to the Editor: Ethical Obligations are Important, but should not Dissuade Physicians from Participation in Short-term Global Health Experiences; Chester B Good, N Randall Kolb, Lindsay Nakaishi, Mark Meyer; April 19, 2018

2015 - 2016

  • Meeting Resident Scholarly Activity Requirements Through a Longitudinal Quality Improvement Curriculum, Journal of Graduate Medical Education MS. No. JGME-D-14-00360R1; Simasek M, Ballard S, Phelps P, Pingul-Ravano R, Kolb R, Finkelstein A, Weaver-Agostoni J, Takedai T Pub Med # 26217429

2018 - 2019

  • Nursing Home - 2018 – July 31, August 14, September 11, October 30, November 6; 2019 – February 8, March 13, April 2, April 5, May 3, May 14
  •  OSCE Facilitator – October 19, 2018, April 19, 2019
  •  Eliminating HCV in the Medical Home: Pearls and Panel Session from Across the National FMRP. Lead Presenter: Sarah A. Rojas, MD, MAS, AAHIVS. Co-Presenters: Philip Bolduc, MD, AAHIVS, Christopher M. Bositis, MD, AAHIVS[BC1], Stephen Krumland, MD, Norman Kolb M.D, Gordon Liu M.D, AAHIVS

2017 - 2018

  • S68 Curing HCV in the Medical Home: Lessons From Across the Nation's Family Medicine Residency Programs; Sarah Rojas, MD, MAS; Philip Bolduc, MD; Chris Bositis, MD; Gordon Liu, MD, AAHIVS; Norman Kolb, MD; 05/8/18 STFM Annual spring conference
  • Hepatitis C Update Randall Kolb, Stephanie Ballard February 8, 2018 UPMC Family medicine residencies presentation
  • OSCE:        September 22, 2017, March 23, 2018

2016 - 2017

  • Hepatitis C in Family Medicine Programs.  Co-presenter with Stephanie Ballard PharmD, Benjamin Skinker MD, Nicole D’Antonio PharmD, Marianne Koenig PharmD; FMEC 2016.  Pittsburgh, PA.  October 2016.

2015 - 2016

  • Chronic Hepatitis C Care: A Mixed Methods Study to Explore a New Frontier for Family Medicine STFM, Minneapolis, April 2016 Co-investigators – RK Prasad, S Ballard, V Tang, R Kolb
  • The Hepatitis C Care Cascade at a Family Medicine Residency Clinic: Analysis of Gaps and Determinants of Care towards Practice Transformation STFM, Minneapolis, April 2016
  • Parental Sex Ed: How to Talk About Sex with Kids? 2016 Annual STFM Spring Conference
  • Hepatitis C is a Primary Care Disease: Transforming Residency Training to Address Growing National Needs 2016 Annual STFM Spring Conference

Hepatitis C in Family Medicine Program. Co-presenter with Stephanie Ballard PharmD, Benjamin Skinker MD, Nicole D’Antonio PharmD, Marianne Koenig PharmD.  FMEC 2016. Pittsburgh, PA. October 30, 2016.