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Pediatric Neurosurgery

Secondary Specialty:


Board Certifications:

  • Neurological Surgery


MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, MD


University of Pittsburgh Medical School
Pittsburgh, PA


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


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



Ian Fredric Pollack, MD


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

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Research Interests

  • Molecular Markers as Predictors of Outcome in Gliomas
  • Novel Treatment Strategies for Central Nervous System Tumors
  • Novel Treatment Approaches for Pediatric Brain Tumors - Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinical Trials Consortium
  • Children's Cancer Group Brain Tumor Resource Laboratory
  • Children's Cancer Group Brain Tumor Strategy Group Chair Grant
  • Molecular Markers of Prognosis for Pediatric Astrocytomas
  • NABTC member institution grant
  • Cancer Center Support Grant
  • The Role of Growth Factor and Second Messenger Pathways in the Proliferation of Astrocytic Tumors
  • Molecular Markers of Glioma Behavior and Therapeutic Responsiveness
  • The Efficacy of Signal Transduction Inhibition as a Therapeutic Strategy for Patients with Recurrent Malignant Gliomas
  • Clinical Studies in Children with Brain Tumors
  • Prognostic Factors for Children with Brain Tumors
  • The Refinement of Surgical Techniques in Craniofacial Surgery

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, and Walter Dandy 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 bachelor's 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 250 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 recently published book Principles and Practice of Pediatric Neurosurgery 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 has co-chaired the National Cancer Institute Brain Malignancy Steering Committee since 2010.

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