Pollack Named Distinguished Professor

Ian PollackPittsburgh, September 21 -- Ian Pollack, MD, A. Leland Albright Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, has been appointed to the faculty rank of Distinguished Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

This appointment honors extraordinary, internationally recognized scholarly attainment and constitutes the highest honor the university can accord a member of the professoriate.

A 1984 graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a 1991 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's neurological surgery residency program, Dr. Pollack is a world renowned expert in pediatric neurosurgical care and a leader in brain tumor research.

He has published over 300 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—one of the most authoritative guides to the management of pediatric neurosurgical disorders in clinical practice—and an accompanying atlas Operative Techniques In Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Co-director of the Brain Tumor Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Dr. Pollack is currently a principal investigator on numerous NIH grants focusing on novel therapies for brain tumors and evaluating molecular markers of tumor prognosis. He has co-chaired the National Cancer Institute brain malignancy steering committee since 2010.