Pittsburgh, March 25, 2013 -- Ian F. Pollack, MD, Walter E. Dandy Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the University of Pittsburgh William S. McEllroy Distinguished Resident Award.
The McEllroy Award is presented annually by the university's Medical Alumni Association to an outstanding non-alumnus who undertook residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Dr. Pollack, a 1991 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's neurological surgery residency program, is a world renown expert in pediatric neurosurgical care and a leader in brain tumor research.
The award honors the accomplishments of Dr. McEllroy, dean of the School of Medicine from 1938 to 1958, whose vision and efforts transformed the school into a world-class research institution. Dr. McEllroy vigorously pursued funding for research programs and recruited leading scientists such as Dr. Benjamin Spock and Dr. Jonas Salk.
Under Dr. McEllroy’s guidance, the university established residency programs in the various specialties; acquired Western State Psychiatric Hospital (now Thomas Detre Hall of the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic) for research of psychiatric diseases; and constructed Scaife Hall, then a state-of-the-art home for the medical school.
The award will be presented at the Medical Alumni Association’s School of Medicine 2013 Alumni Reunion scheduled for May 17 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association.