Dr. Mahalik’s expertise includes cardiovascular therapeutics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and birth defects. Dr. Mahalik received international recognition for his research into the teratogenic (birth defects) potential of cocaine and aspartame (Nutrasweet). His work with cocaine was the first of its kind, and led many people to discontinue their use of this drug. Dr. Mahalik’s work with aspartame, and his testimony in Washington, DC before Congressional Subcommittees investigating Nutrasweet safety, has helped change the way this artificial sweetener is recommended for use. He has appeared in over 70 radio and television interviews concerning his research, including TIME, NEWSWEEK, THE TODAY SHOW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, THAMES TELEVISION and 60 MINUTES. Dr. Mahalik spent more than 9 years with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), and then helped start the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). In his 8+ years with LECOM, Dr. Mahalik served in various senior administrative and faculty positions, and received many teaching and community service awards. Dr. Mahalik joined Penn State in 2002 and served as Director of Academic Affairs, the Chief Academic Officer of a 1500-student campus and a position analogous to campus Provost. After 8 years with Penn State, Dr. Mahalik joined the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) to help develop a branch campus in Spartanburg, SC, which opened in 2011. After completing this successful effort, Dr. Mahalik had the wonderful opportunity to join Campbell University to help develop the first osteopathic medical school in North Carolina, the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM). Active in the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) since 1983, Dr. Mahalik continues to serve the profession on committees and by regularly participating in site visits of medical schools and pre- and post-doctoral training sites across the country. He serves as a member of the Bureau of Osteopathic Education, and also was one of only 9 approved Consultants on College Accreditation nationally. Dr. Mahalik and his wife, Bonnie (a pharmacist), have 3 children: Matthew, who serves with NOAA and the Department of Defense, and Megan and Michael, both of whom are Campbell University graduates. The family resides in Harnett County.