Joseph C. Kolars is the Josiah Macy, Jr., Professor of Health Sciences Education and Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives at the University of Michigan Medical School. He currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator on one of the five new NIH Fogarty International Center-funded Global Health Fellows Program: the Northern Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium - a partnership between the Universities of Washington, Hawai’i, Michigan, and Minnesota in collaboration with institutions in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Cameroon, Peru, Thailand, and China. In addition, he serves as the co-director for the Joint Institute for Translational and Clinical Research with Peking University of Health Sciences and as a consultant for the NIH Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI)-George Washington University Coordinating Center. A practicing gastroenterologist, Dr. Kolars has focused his career on education and training. He has held a number of leadership roles in education programs at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Michigan. Global health has been a major component of his career with a focus on education and health system strengthening in low-resource areas. He lived with his family in Shanghai from 1996-1999 to help establish one of China’s first western-based health care systems. From 2007-11 he served as a consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he oversaw initiatives that partnered health science schools in Sub-Saharan Africa with those in the U.S. He obtained his M.D. degree in 1982 from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his post-graduate training at the University of Michigan.