Dr. Pollack is on the faculty of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has been with Illinois Retina Associates since 1997. A native of Baltimore, Dr. Pollack developed an interest and passion for ophthalmology early on, inspired by his father, who was also an ophthalmologist. He received his undergraduate degree in biology at Washington University in St. Louis and completed his medical training at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Pollack returned to St. Louis for his ophthalmology residency at Washington University's Barnes Hospital, followed by a retina-vitreous fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Pollack is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of retinal disease and is a sought-after speaker at national and international retina conferences. He has served as Director or invited faculty at over 100 scientific meetings and has delivered over 150 scientific presentations at national and international scientific meetings. He has published over 45 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and is a scientific reviewer for 5 ophthalmology journals. Dr. Pollack has held a number of national leadership positions and received many honors. He is President-Elect of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) – the largest organization of retina specialists in the world. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the philanthropic arm of the ASRS - the "Foundation of the ASRS". Dr. Pollack serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness and is a past Board Member of the Chicago Ophthalmological Society. Dr. Pollack received the ASRS Senior Honor Award for his scientific and educational contributions and he is the recipient of the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been listed in "Best Doctors in America" and "Guide to America's Top Ophthalmologists" for many years and has been identified by Ocular Surgery News as one of "OSN Retina 150 Innovators in Medical and Surgical Retina". Dr. Pollack is founding Editor of the annual ASRS Preferences and Trends (PAT) Survey. Founded in 1999, the PAT Survey is the largest international survey of medical and surgical trends in retina and is referenced widely in scientific presentations and publications across the globe. Dr. Pollack's strong interest in bringing cutting edge research to his patients has led to his involvement in multiple major national research studies. He has served as Study Chairman, Principle Investigator, or Co-Investigator in over 15 clinical studies, His interests cover a variety of topics including suture-less retina surgery techniques, new treatments for macular degeneration, new surgical options for macular holes, injection therapy for macular edema, repair of complex retinal detachment, and new advances in the development of artificial vision.
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"My passion is for providing patients with cutting edge retina care in a personalized and compassionate manner. Nothing is more rewarding than preserving the gift of sight. My goal is for patients to leave my office with a sense of hope and optimism, as well as a clear understanding of their retina disorder and its treatment options."
Dr. Pollack is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of retinal disease. He has served as Director or invited faculty at over 100 scientific meetings and has delivered over 145 scientific presentations at national and international scientific meetings.
Dr. Pollack is President-Elect of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). He is recipient of the Sr. Honor Award from the ASRS for his scientific and educational contributions and is the recipient of the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been listed in "Best Doctors in America" and "Guide to America's Top Ophthalmologists" for many years.
Dr. Pollack's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
Board certified in Ophthalmology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
Ophthalmic Vitreous Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Pollack's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
Benign Neoplasm of Eye
Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
Degenerative Disorders of Globe
Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Foveal and-or Macular Hypoplasia
Hypotony of Eye
Juvenile Macular Degeneration
Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy
Retinal Artery Occlusion
Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Cataract Removal Surgery
Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
Diabetes Eye Care
Diabetic Eye Exam
Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
Foreign Body Removal from Eye
Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery
Macular Hole Surgery
Macular Pucker Surgery
Ocular Inflammation (Uveitis) Treatment
Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
Removal of Intraocular Foreign Body
Repair of Retinal Detachment
Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
Retina and Vitreous Surgery
Retinal Freezing (Cryopexy)
Retinal Laser Photocoagulation
Retinal Laser Surgery
Retinal Thermal Laser Therapy
Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Illinois.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Washington University, St Louis
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1985
Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Medical School | Graduated 1991
Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
Internship Hospital | Completed 1992
Washington University, St. Louis/Ophthalmology
Residency Hospital | Completed 1995
Medical College Of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Pollack has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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