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​Ian F. Pollack, MD

Walter E. Dandy Professor

Neurological Surgery


Neurosurgical Oncology


Pediatric Neurosurgery,
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Areas of Interest

  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Pediatric neuro-oncology
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Congenital spinal abnormalities
  • Brain tumor clinical trials​
Ian Pollack, MD | UPMC Neurosurgeon


Dr. Pollack is the Walter E. Dandy Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and co-director of the Brain Tumor Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

Dr. Pollack received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and completed a surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He also completed research fellowships in neuropathology and neurobiology. He is board-certified in neurological surgery.

Dr. Pollack 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 has published more than 250 papers in refereed journals and numerous book chapters and invited papers, and has edited two books on childhood brain tumors.

Dr. Pollack is currently a principal investigator on numerous National Institutes of Health-funded studies 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.

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