Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Alan Pollack Takes Helm as New Chairman of Radiation Oncology

06.14.2008

Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D., has taken the helm as the new chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He will oversee clinical and research teams at UM/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and serve as chief of service at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Pollack comes to UM from Philadelphia’s Fox Chase Cancer Center, where he was a leading physician/scientist.

Since 2001, Dr. Pollack, a Miller School of Medicine alum, has been the Gerald E. Hanks, M.D. Endowed Chair and chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Fox Chase. He is an internationally renowned expert in prostate and other cancers.

Under Dr. Pollack’s leadership, the Fox Chase radiation oncology program has made significant strides in industry, NIH and donor funding and in performing major clinical trials. A passionate and prolific researcher, Dr. Pollack boosted research programs in his department and was successful at recruiting some of the best researchers and physicians to Fox Chase.

“We are fortunate to have recruited such a distinguished clinician, scientist, and leader,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Miller School. “Dr. Pollack’s return to Miami and the Miller School is one more step in our efforts to provide our patients with the best doctors in the nation and give our medical students access to the innovators in research and health care.”

W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., F.A.C.S., director of UM/Sylvester, joined the Dean in applauding the hiring of Dr. Pollack. “Dr. Pollack brings an unwavering commitment to finding the most effective weapons in the fight against cancer,” Dr. Goodwin said. “He is exactly the right person to lead the transformation of our already excellent radiation oncology team into the finest in the nation, and help take UM/Sylvester to the next level.”

Though his career took him to different parts of the country, Dr. Pollack has had a long association with the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital. He attended the medical school and received his Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology in 1979, and his M.D. in 1987. He completed his internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital, followed by a residency and an assistant professor position at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas.

“The Department of Radiation Oncology has a great foundation of clinicians and physicists,” Dr. Pollack said. “The goal is to build on that and expand the department and bring in the latest technology so we can push the edge and bring the highest level of expertise to cancer patients served by the University of Miami Health System.”

Additionally, Dr. Pollack said he “was struck with the tremendous potential for growth and the resources available to facilitate the use of new technology” at the Miller School.

Dr. Pollack has written and lectured extensively and presented numerous cancer-related scientific papers in the United States and abroad. He officially started at UM on June 9th.

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