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Andrew N. Pollak, MD Elected to Academy Board of Directors
SAN DIEGO – Orthopaedic surgeon Andrew N. Pollak, MD was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) at its 2011 Annual Meeting in San Diego. Dr. Pollak will serve the Academy as Treasurer-Elect and will assume the position of Treasurer in 2012.
“This important role as treasurer is both humbling and exciting,” said Dr. Pollak. “The economy has certainly made maintaining budgets challenging, but it is my hope that we can get back to a position financially, where we can continue to provide our members with cutting-edge education and research materials and also advocate on behalf of our patients and their surgeons.”
Dr. Pollak is currently professor of orthopaedics and head of the Division of Orthopaedic Traumatology at the University of Maryland School Of Medicine. He also is associate director of trauma and chief of orthopaedics at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Dr. Pollak received his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and then completed a residency in orthopaedics at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He subsequently completed a fellowship in orthopaedic traumatology at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California.
“Trauma is an area of orthopaedics that has been my passion,” said Dr. Pollak. “Being able to make people who have been in an accident or the victim of an unexpected event better again, and to have an ability to help people who really need it is why I am in this field. I feel so fortunate to be a part of a team that makes important differences in peoples’ lives.”
Dr. Pollak recently served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and sat on the Investment Committee for the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA). “Being able to effectively manage finances to meet an organizations’ goals, enabling the group to serve its mission, is what being part of the financial team is all about,” added Pollak. “Dr. Fred Azar is doing an outstanding job as Academy Treasurer, and it will be an honor to take on this position.”
Active in numerous Academy based initiatives, Dr. Pollak has previously served as chair of the Board of Specialty Societies and is the current chair of the AAOS Extremity War Injuries Project Team, where he has been instrumental in increasing congressional appropriations for war injury funding by $152 million over three years.
“Funding for extremity war injury research will help our military colleagues provide the best possible care for our wounded warriors returning from Afghanistan and Iraq,” stated Pollak. “Information gained from this work also will help our members in the civilian sector provide patients with the best trauma care possible. This funding represents the largest increase in the federal investment in musculoskeletal research ever,” he added.
Pollak also serves as a series editor for the AAOS Orange Book Series, an entire set of text books for emergency medical services (EMS) providers, which addresses topics from basic first aid and CPR through the critical care transport for paramedics. His interest in EMS began while he was a junior volunteer firefighter-EMT before college. He continues to pursue that interest today in his role as medical director for the Baltimore County Fire Department.
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