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Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Co-director, Brain Tumor Center, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Leland Albright Professorship in Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Specialty:

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Secondary Specialty:

Neuro-Oncology
Neurosurgery

Board Certifications:

Neurological Surgery

Education:

MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, MD

Residency:

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Fellowships:

Hospital For Sick Children
Toronto, ON Canada
University of Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland
University of Uppsala
Uppsala, Sweden

Affiliations:

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

Ian Pollack, MD

Doctor

Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Co-director, Brain Tumor Center, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Leland Albright Professorship in Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Biography

Research Interests

  • Molecular Markers of Glioma Behavior and Therapeutic Responsiveness
  • Novel Treatment Strategies for Central Nervous System Tumors
  • Novel Treatment Approaches for Pediatric Brain Tumors - Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinical Trials Consortium
  • Peptide Vaccine Strategies for Childhood Brain Tumors
  • The Role of Growth Factor and Second Messenger Pathways in the Proliferation of Astrocytic Tumors
  • The Efficacy of Signal Transduction Inhibition as a Therapeutic Strategy for Patients with Recurrent Malignant Gliomas
  • Improvement of Surgical Techniques in Children with Hydrocephalus (HCRN network site PI)
  • The Refinement of Surgical Techniques in Craniofacial Surgery (SynRG network site co-PI)

View Dr. Pollack's full list of publications from PubMed.

Biography Summary

Ian Pollack, MD, is co-director of the Brain Tumor Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, A. Leland Albright Professor of Neurosurgery and Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in 1992, he was awarded the 1991 Van Wagenen Traveling Fellowship, which afforded him a year of subspecialty training in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, the Neuro-Oncology Laboratory of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, and the Laboratory of Tumor Biology of the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

Dr. Pollack graduated magna cum laude from Emory University in 1980, where he earned a BS degree in chemistry. He received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1984, then completed a surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He also was a research fellow in neuropathology and neurobiology during some of that time. Pollack has published more than 340 papers in refereed journals, numerous book chapters and invited papers, and has edited two books on childhood brain tumors. He is co-editor of the book Principles and Practice of Pediatric Neurosurgery—currently in its third edition—and an accompanying atlas Operative Techniques In Pediatric Neurosurgery. He is currently a principal investigator on numerous NIH grants focusing on novel therapies for brain tumors and evaluating molecular markers of tumor prognosis. Dr. Pollack was named vice chairman of academic affairs for the department in July of 2008. He also chaired the Children’s Oncology Group CNS Tumor Committee from 1999-2009, and co-chaired the National Cancer Institute Brain Malignancy Steering Committee between 2010 and 2017.

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