Read_Sulik_LgL. Read Sulik, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP

Chief Integration Officer, PrairieCare
Executive Director, PrairieCare Institute
Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist


Medical Degree: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Residency: University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY
Triple Board Program in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry

Dr. Sulik is a dedicated, compassionate and caring physician and a transformational health care leader committed to the vision, design, development and delivery of the innovations needed to truly improve health for all age individuals, families and communities. As a pediatrician, child and adolescent psychiatrist, and adult psychiatrist, he recognizes the complexities of health and wellness, and how behavioral health needs create significant barriers for individuals to actively engage in their own health care while contributing to poor and costly outcomes in chronic health conditions. He has spent his career designing, developing, and implementing innovations in behavioral health and primary care delivery to change this trajectory.

Dr. Sulik joined PrairieCare as Chief Integration Officer to lead the development and operations of the Integrated Health and Wellness Clinics in primary care and specialty care clinics and employer onsite clinics, providing Enhanced Care Meeting Mental Health and Wellness Needs. He is also the Executive Director of the newly opened PrairieCare Institute for Care Delivery Innovation, Education, Training and Research in Minneapolis. Prior to joining PrairieCare he provided leadership as Enterprise Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Services at Sanford Health, a health system serving regions of North Dakota, South Dakota and Western Minnesota where Dr. Sulik was the Principle Investigator over a $12.1 million dollar CMS Health Care Innovation Award to integrate primary and behavioral health care. His experience at Sanford Health as well as previous roles as Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services over Chemical and Mental Health Services as well as Medical Director of child and adolescent psychiatry at St. Cloud Hospital/CentraCare Health System in St. Cloud, Minnesota compliment his clinical expertise in patient care.

He is a popular and sought after teacher and speaker, lecturing extensively to diverse audiences on a wide variety of topics including children’s mental health, integrating behavioral health and primary care, and on leadership. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards for his work; he has most recently received the AACAP Simon Wile Leadership in Consultation Award and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Minnesota Health Care Leaders of 2016. He has consulted widely to hospitals, health systems, care facilities, professional associations, health plans, employers and state government agencies on care delivery models and strategic planning for care delivery transformation.

Dr. Sulik obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, Minnesota and completed the Triple Board Residency in Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry.


Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Psychiatry-Behavioral Science, Department of Clinical Neuroscience University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, May 2012 to present
Clinical Associate Professor (U), University of Minnesota, Department of Psychiatry, Medical School, February 2009 to Present


American Psychiatric Association
American Academy for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Physician Executives


Foy JM, Perrin JM and AAP Task Force on Mental Health (member). Introduction. Pediatrics. 2010;125(suppl 3):S69-S74

Foy JM, Perrin JM and AAP Task Force on Mental Health (member). Enhancing pediatric mental health care:  strategies for preparing a community. Pediatrics. 2010;125(Suppl 3):S75-S86

Foy JM, Kelleher KJ, Laraque D, and AAP Task Force on Mental Health (member) Enhancing pediatric mental health care: strategies for preparing a practice. Pediatrics. 2010;125(suppl 3):S87-S108

Foy JM and AAP Task Force on Mental Health (member). Enhancing pediatric mental health care: algorithms for primary care. Pediatrics. 2010;125(suppl 3):S109-S125

DeMaso D, Martini R, Sulik LR, Hilt R, Marx L, Pierce K, Sarvet B, Becker E, Kendrick J,  Kerlek AJ, Biel M, Kroeger Ptakowski K.  A Guide to Building Collaborative Mental Health Care Partnerships In Pediatric Primary Care.  American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Committee on Collaboration with Medical Professionals. June 2010

Siegel BS, et al, AAP Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health; and Foy JM, AAP Task Force on Mental Health (member). The future of pediatrics: mental health competencies for pediatric primary care. Pediatrics. 2009;124(1):410-421

Foy JM, McInerney TK, Perrin JM, and AAP Task Force on Mental Health (member). Improving mental health services in primary care: reducing administrative and financial barriers to access and collaboration. Pediatrics. 2009;123(4):1248-1251

Sulik LR, Dennis J.  Chapter 64:  Collaborating with Primary Care in Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 4th Edition, Mina Dulcan, Editor, American Psychiatric Association Press, 2010.

Sulik LR, Dennis J.  Collaborative Care: How Primary Care Clinicians can Work with Mental Health Providers in Managing Adolescent Depression, Editors: Rachel Zuckerbrot, Peter Jensen, Amy Cheung, Ruth Stein, Civic Research Institute, 2012

Managing Co-morbid and Complicating Conditions in Managing Adolescent Depression, Editors: Rachel Zuckerbrot, Peter Jensen, Amy Cheung, Ruth Stein, Civic Research Institute, 2012

Sulik LR, Garfinkel BD. Adolescent Suicidal Behavior: Understanding the Breadth of the Problem in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, July 1992, 1 (11).


Additional Info

Children, Adolescents : Yes
Adults: No