N. Randall Kolb, MD

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

From 2005 through 2016, Dr. N. Randall Kolb served as the Director of UPMC Shadyside’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Kolb received his bachelor of science 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 which is located in McClellanville, South Carolina. He joined the faculty at UPMC Shadyside in 1987. In 1997, Dr. Kolb became the medical director for the Family Health Center and served in this capacity for the next eight years.

Under Dr. Kolb’s 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 has overseen 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 was 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.”

Selected Publications

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.

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


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.