Tuesday, September 24, 2013
University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed orthopaedic trauma surgeon Andrew N. Pollak, M.D., as the new chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics. Pollak will also serve as Chief of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Dr. Pollak was previously Professor of Orthopaedics at the School of Medicine and Chief of Orthopaedics and head of the Division of Orthopaedic Traumatology at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Dr. Pollak has been serving as interim chair of the department since October 2012. In addition, Dr. Pollak will also serve as System Chief of Orthopaedics for the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), coordinating orthopaedic efforts across its 12 member hospitals.
“Dr. Pollak is an outstanding physician-scientist who has demonstrated excellent leadership skills in his 19 years here at Maryland,” says Dean Reece, who also is vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “He has been instrumental in developing our sports medicine programs for professional and college athletes and our trauma orthopaedics programs. I am confident that he will be an innovative and transformative leader and an excellent example to our faculty and students, guiding our department to new and important successes.”
As Chair, Dr. Pollak will continue to foster the growth of the department, strengthening its research, clinical and educational activities. The Department of Orthopaedics’ distinguished faculty specialize in a variety of areas, including the spine; foot and ankle; total joint replacement; sports medicine; shoulder and elbow surgery; hand surgery; pediatric orthopaedics, and trauma. The department has National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research programs exploring the underlying mechanisms of the musculoskeletal system in order to establish new ways of diagnosing and treating orthopaedic problems.
“In this new role, I look forward to an opportunity to link the research and teaching missions of the School of Medicine with the vast clinical capabilities of the University of Maryland Medical System,” says Dr. Pollak. “By developing integrated care delivery systems focused on achieving the greatest possible quality and value for our patients, I believe we can not only prepare the Medical System for the type of accountability in medical care that payers will be demanding in the future, but we can also use the same tools to improve our ability to conduct meaningful research in outcomes after treatment of common orthopaedic conditions.”
At the University of Maryland Medical Center, President and CEO Jeffrey A. Rivest commented: “Dr. Pollak is an outstanding hospital leader and collaborator who delivers exceptional care for his patients.”
Robert Chrencik President and Chief Executive Officer of UMMS added, “Orthopaedics is an important clinical service that is provided by physician partners across our health care network. We are very excited to have Dr. Pollak partnering with us to enrich for the communities that we serve.”
Dr. Pollak earned his bachelor’s of science degree in medical education from Northwestern University in 1985 and his medical degree from Northwestern in 1987. He did his residency training at the University Hospital of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Pollak also did a research fellowship in musculoskeletal biology at Case Western Reserve. In 1993, he finished his training as a resident in the Case Western Reserve University integrated orthopaedic surgery program. He followed that up with a fellowship in orthopaedic traumatology at the University of California Davis Medical Center in 1994.
Dr. Pollak joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1994 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery. From 2000 to 2001, he served as an Assistant Professor in the division of Orthopaedic Surgery. In 2001, Dr. Pollak was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics. In 2006, he was named Head of the division of Orthopaedic Trauma. In 2010, he was promoted to Professor of Orthopaedics and named Head of the Division of Orthopaedic Traumatology.
Dr. Pollak is an established and well-regarded physician scientist who has received many awards and honors and has served on many boards and committees in his field. He currently serves as Treasurer of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and is a Past President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. He has served in the past as Chair of the Board of Specialty Societies for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Pollak is a former Commissioner for the Maryland Health Care Commission; a Past President of the Maryland Orthopaedic Association; and former Chair of the AAOS Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC), which was integral in producing evidence needed to establish treatment guidelines for the optimal care of wounded soldiers. His current responsibilities include Editor of the AAOS Orange Book Series; Medical Director of the Baltimore County Fire Department; and Special Deputy US Marshal. From 1996 to 2001 Dr. Pollak served as an Associate Team Physician for the Baltimore Ravens. In that capacity he was honored with a Super Bowl Ring after the Ravens won their first Super Bowl in 2001. Since 2002, he has served as a consulting orthopaedic surgeon to the Ravens.