Med-Peds Faculty

Russ Kolarik MD


Russ Kolarik, M.D.
Program Director
Dr. Kolarik received his medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine where he graduated AOA in 1995. He then completed his Med-Peds residency at the University of Cincinnati in 1999. After residency, Dr. Kolarik undertook a General Internal Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and finished in 2001. He then served as Associate Program Director for Med-Peds at UPMC until he took over as the Med-Peds program director in 2004. Dr. Kolarik received a faculty recognition award and was nominated for the Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2006 by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. While in Pittsburgh, he also 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) as Med-Peds Program Director. Dr. Kolarik was elected to the Med-Peds Program Director's Association Executive Committee in 2012 and assumed the presidency of this national organization in July of 2013.  Dr. Kolarik’s academic interests include resident education and career mentorship, care for young adults with special health care needs, and doctor-patient communication.



Amanda O'Kelly


Amanda O'Kelly, M.D.
Dr. O'Kelly is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Furman University and an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She graduated from the GHS Med-Peds program in 2011. Dr. O'Kelly also served as the president of the GHS House Staff in 2010-11 and as the GHS Pediatric Chief Resident in 2011-2012.  Currently, she is an Associate Program Director for the GHS Pediatrics Residency and serves an attending for both the pediatric inpatient and outpatient services at the Children’s Hospital and works at our Med-Peds faculty practice at Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in Simpsonville.

 



Jeremy Byrd MD


Jeremy Byrd, M.D.
Dr. Byrd is a 2005 Alpha Omega Alpha Graduate of the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine and 2009 graduate of the GHS Med-Peds residency program.  Dr. Byrd now serves as medical director of Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, our newly-formed Med-Peds ambulatory practice in Simpsonville, SC.  He also serves as a teaching attending on the internal medical teaching service. Dr. Byrd has extensive experience with global health and continues to sponsor international health trips for GHS Med-Peds residents, including recent trips to Brazil and Honduras.



Jeff Gerac MD


Jeff Gerac, M.D.
Dr. Gerac graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 2004. He then completed his Med-Peds residency here in Greenville in 2008. Dr. Gerac served as Med-Peds chief resident here during his 4th year. Currently Dr. Gerac is a Med-Peds hospitalist at Greer Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gerac also attends on the pediatric wards at Children’s Hospital.  In 2009 and 2010, Dr. Gerac was awarded the John P. Matthews Jr. Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award as the pediatric attending who best demonstrated outstanding clinical care and dedication to resident education.

 



Drew Goldsmith MD
Drew Goldsmith, M.D.
Drew is a 2008 graduate of the Mercer University School of Medicine and a 2012 graduate of the GHS Med-Peds program. Drew served as our Med-Peds Chief Resident in his 4th year and was the winner of the national Med-Peds Program Director’s Walter Tunnessen Award given to the 4th year Med-Peds resident nationwide who best demonstrates the values of dedicated patient care, excellent teaching, and patient advocacy. Drew now serves as one of our community Med-Peds faculty members while practicing outpatient Med-Peds at Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in Wren, South Carolina. www.HeritageWren.com



Carole Mercer MD
Carole Mercer, M.D.
Carole completed her medical school training at the Mercer University School of Medicine in 2008 and her Med-Peds residency at GHS in 2012. While a Med-Peds resident Carole was a compassionate clinician and a strong advocate for her patients and fellow residents. She participated actively in medical mission trips during her residency and provided relief to a variety of medically needy populations in Brazil. Carole now serves as a Med-Peds hospitalist at Greer Memorial Hospital.




Heather Moreira MD

Heather Moreira, M.D.
Dr. Moreira received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and her MD from Mercer University School of Medicine. During her residency training, Dr. Moreira was a meticulous clinician and enthusiastic teacher with an interest in transitional care. Dr. Moreira serves as a Med-Peds provider and teacher at Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, our Med-Peds practice at Hillcrest Hospital in Simpsonville, SC.




Denny Meyers MD 

Denny Myers, M.D.
Denny received his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2008 where he was a Gold Humanism Honor Society recipient and completed the GHS Med-Peds program in 2012. During his residency training, Denny was as a dedicated clinician, patient advocate, and an enthusiastic role model and mentor for his fellow residents. Denny now serves as a Med-Peds hospitalist at Greer Memorial Hospital.

 



Manisha Patel MD
Manisha Patel, M.D.
Dr. Patel is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and she completed her Med-Peds residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania. She then completed her pediatric cardiology fellowship at Emory University. Dr. Patel is the leader of the Children’s Hospital Adult Congenital Heart Disease clinical program at GHS. Dr. Patel grew up in Spartanburg, SC and has been excited to come back to the area to work. One of her passions is global outreach, and is she is fluent in Spanish. Most recently, she coordinated a medical mission in September 2010 to Jamaica where she screened 500 children for rheumatic heart disease. She has previously worked in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Botswana, and Bolivia. In her spare time, Dr. Patel also loves exercising and enjoying the many outdoor activities of Greenville with her husband, two young sons and her dogs.



Stefanie Putnam MD
Stefanie Putnam, M.D.
Dr. Putnam is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Furman University where she majored in both music and pre-medical studies. She completed her medical school training at the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine in 2006 where she was the president of the Brody Chapter of the AMA medical student section. During her intern year at GHS, Dr. Putnam was awarded the Lily M. and G. D. Jackson Award, presented to the most outstanding interns at GHS and was an exceptional clinician and role model throughout her residency. Stefanie serves as Med-Peds faculty at Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in Simpsonville, SC.

 



Matthew Hindman M.D.
Matthew Hindman, M.D.
Dr. Hindman graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2002, and finished his Med-Peds residency in Greenville in 2006. Dr. Hindman serves as the Director of the Med-Peds hospitalist rotation for our Med-Peds residents at Greer Memorial Hospital.





Gregg Johnson MD
Gregg Johnson, M.D.
Dr. Johnson graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2004. He then completed his Med-Peds residency here in Greenville in 2008. After graduation, Dr. Johnson served as a Med-Peds hospitalist at Greer Memorial Hospital for four years. He will be opening a Med-Peds primary care practice in nearby Wren, SC in the summer of 2012.


 



 Kelli DaSilva
Kelli DaSilva
Program Coordinator
Kelli DaSilva joined the Greenville Health System as Med-Peds Coordinator in the spring of 2008. Before joining GHS, Kelli worked as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Department of Urology at the Medical University of South Carolina for 5 years.  Kelli is well known throughout GHS for her leadership, expertise with the New Innovations Residency Management software, and always for her wonderful sense of humor.

 


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