Dr. Andrew N. Pollak is the James Lawrence Kernan Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Chief of Orthopaedics for the University of Maryland Medical System. Prior to serving in his current role, Dr. Pollak served as Chief of Orthopaedics at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland. Shock Trauma serves as the State of Maryland’s legislatively designated Primary Adult Resource Center for Trauma. The center is a world leader in trauma clinical care, research and education. Among its many roles, Shock Trauma serves as home to a US Air Force Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS) program that provides active military Air Force medical personnel with trauma care training necessary to prepare them for deployment to combat and disaster theatres.
Dr. Pollak served in the past as Chair of the Extremity War Injuries (EWI) Project team for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. During his five-year tenure as Chair, the AAOS through the EWI Project Team developed several important programs to assist military orthopaedic surgeons in the care of wounded warriors including the Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program that sent academic orthopaedic traumatologists to Landstuhl to help with education and care delivery, the EWI Conference series that has provided military orthopaedic surgeons with combat trauma-relevant educational opportunities and defined important gaps in knowledge with regard to treatment of high-energy blast injury, and the Congressional educational and communications effort that has led to more than $250 million in Congressionally directed funding for the Department of Defense Peer-Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program.
In 2010 Dr. Pollak deployed to Haiti as incident commander for the University of Maryland’s earthquake response effort, which was developed and delivered in partnership with Catholic Relief Services and St Francis de Sales Hospital in Port au Prince. The six-month presence of University of Maryland teams in Haiti under his leadership included 513 personnel who evaluated 29,833 patients and performed 961 operative procedures. During this deployment he developed an understanding of the trauma care educational needs of the Haitian medical community and worked closely with faculty of the University of Notre Dame du Haiti Medical School to develop a trauma training curriculum for the developing world. Amongst his other responsibilities, Dr. Pollak was recently appointed by Governor Larry Hogan as Commissioner of the Maryland Health Care Commission. He also serves as Medical Director for the Baltimore County Fire Department and as a Special Deputy US Marshal.