Dr. Mahalik earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State, and his Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in Pharmacology from Temple University Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy. He continued his education in programs at Harvard, Columbia, and NYU. Dr. Mahalik has nearly 40 years of experience in medical education, helping in the start-up of five new medical schools during his career, while also serving as a campus Chief Academic Officer (Provost) for eight years with Penn State.
In 2011, 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). He currently serves as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs with CUSOM, and is a tenured Professor of Pharmacology. Dr. Mahalik also serves as Research Integrity Officer for Campbell University.
Dr. Mahalik has been active in the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) since 1983, and continues to serve the profession by serving on various committees such as the Bureau of Osteopathic Education, as a reviewer for the JAOA and AACOM, by participating in accreditation reviews of medical schools across the country, and contributing to the NBOME. In 2013, the AOA recognized Dr. Mahalik for this enduring service by naming him to the inaugural Honor Roll “Champions of the Profession”, which identifies and recognizes the distinctive contributions made by dedicated leaders within the profession.
His research expertise includes drug therapy and teratology (birth defects), and Dr. Mahalik twice has offered testimony on topics related to birth defects before Congressional Subcommittees in Washington, DC. He also received international recognition for his groundbreaking research into the teratogenic potential of cocaine, which led many people to discontinue their use of this drug.
Dr. Mahalik and his late wife, Bonnie, have three children: Matthew, who works with NOAA and the Department of Defense; Megan, a published author and artist; and Michael, self-employed. Megan and Michael are proud Campbell graduates. The family resides in Harnett County.