Friedlander, Pollack Elected to Prestigious AAP

Pittsburgh, February 23, 2012 -- Robert Friedlander, MD, UPMC Endowed Chair of Neurological Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery, and Ian Pollack, MD, Walter E. Dandy Professor of Neurological Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh were recently elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP), a prestigious nonprofit, professional organization founded in 1885 for the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.

Drs. Friedlander and Pollack are the only two neurosurgeons serving as members of the organization.

According to the AAP website, “the goals of its members include the pursuit of medical knowledge, and the advancement through experimentation and discovery of basic and clinical science and their application to clinical medicine. Each year, individuals having attained excellence in achieving these goals, are recognized by nomination for membership by the Council of the Association. Their election gives them the opportunity to share their scientific discoveries and contributions with their colleagues at the annual meeting.

“To be a member of the most prestigious Association of American Physicians is a great honor. Members have included Nobel laureates, and members of the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine. Each year, selected members of the international scientific community also nominated by the Council as honorary members of the Association. Today, the Association continues to serve as a repository of the best medical minds and as a forum to promote friendship, to create and disseminate knowledge, and to provide role models for upcoming generations of physicians and medical scientists.”