John Pollina, Jr., MD, FACS
 
 
 

Dr. Pollina is a Board Certified neurosurgeon. He received his BA in Economics from Fairfield University in 1990 and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1994. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the Department of Neurosurgery, State University of New York at Buffalo Consortium Hospitals in 2001. He has a focus in the treatment of disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Among the problems that Dr. Pollina treats are: herniated disk, degenerative disk, spinal stenosis, facet syndromes, spinal infections and tumors. As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Pollina also treats intracranial pathology as well as peripheral nerve compressive problems including carpal tunnel.

 

 

     

 

Contact Information:

716-839-9402

180 Park Club Lane

Williamsville, New York 14221

 

Fellowship: Neurosurgical Oncology/Radiosurgery (Gamma Knife/Linac Accelerator) Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, 1998-1999.

Residency: Department of Neurosurgery, State University of New York at Buffalo Consortium Hospitals, 1996-2001.

Internship: Department of Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo Consortium Hospitals, 1994-1995.

Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Doctor of Medicine awarded May 1994.

Undergraduate Education: Fairfield University; Bachelor of Arts, Economics, awarded May 1990.

Licensures and Certifications:

State of New York

Neurosurgical Board Certification – 5/06

Academic Position:

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery; State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 2001 - Present.

Assistant Professor of Oncology – Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 2008 – Present.

Awards and Honors :

Buffalo Neuroscience Award, awarded 1999.

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, inducted January 1994.

Buffalo Surgical Society, Award for Academic Excellence in Surgery, awarded May 1994.

Dean's Letter of Commendation. State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Dean's List, Fairfield University.

Committees:

State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine, Consortium Residents' Committee, representative, Department of Neurosurgery, 1998-present.

State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine, Consortium Residents' Grievance Committee; member, 1998-present.

Professional Activities:

Research Fellow. Laboratory of Cellular Implantation and Neural Regeneration, State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Neurosurgery, 1995-1996.

Studies Currently in Progress

Co-Investigator, Prestige ST Artificial Cervical Disc Study, 2003 - present

Co-Investigator, Prestige LP Artificial Cervical Disc Study, 2005 – present

Co-Investigator, Prestige LP Two Level Cervical Disc Study, 2006 – present

Investigator, Comparing the use of HEALOS to Autograft in a TLIF, 2006 - present

Consultant, Depuy Acromed Spine/Osteobiologics, 2004 – present

Memberships:

American Medical Association 2003 - Present

American Association of Neurological Surgeons 2001 - Present

Medical Society, County of Erie 2001 - Present

Medical Society, State of New York 2001 - Present

Spine Arthroplasty Society 2004 - Present

Publications:

Pollina J, Plunkett RJ, Ciesielski MJ, Lis A, Barone TA, Greenberg SJ, Fenstermaker RA: Intratumoral infusion of topotecan prolongs survival in the nude rate intracranial U87 human glioma model. Journal of Neuro-Oncology: 39(3): 217-225, 1998.

Pollina J, Li V: Tandem spinal cord injuries without radiographic abnormalities (SCIWORA) in a young child-a Case Report. Pediatric Neurosurgery: 30 (5): 263-266, May 1999.

Pollina J, Gibbons KJ: A local monitoring of cerebral oxygenation: a new and useful tool? Critical Care Medicine: 27 (11):2569-70, November, 1999.

Lanzino G, Pollina J, Guterman LR, Hopkins LN: Carotid Intervention for Postendarterectomy Restenosis. Carotid Invervention Vol 2, Issue 2, 1999.

Dias MS, Li V, Pollina J: Low-Pressure shunt 'malfunction' following lumbar puncture in children with shunted obstructive hydrocephalus. Pediatric Neurosurgery: 30(3): 146-50, March 1999.

Alberico RA, Loud P, Pollina J, Greco W, Patel M, Klufas R: Thick-section reformatting of thinly collimated helical CT for reduction of skull base-related artifacts. AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology. 175(5):1361-6, 2000 Nov.

Lobel J, MacDonald IJ, Ciesielski MJ, Barone T, Potter W, Pollina, J, Plunkett R, Fenstermaker RA, Dougherty TJ: 2-[1-hexyloxyethyl]-2-devinyl pyropheophorbide-a (HPPH) in a nude rat glioma model: Implications for photodynamic therapy. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine Vol. 29 (5): 397-40, 2001.

Pollina J, Dias MS, Li V, Kachurek D, Arbesman M: Cranial birth injuries in term newborn infants. Pediatric Neurosurgery: 35 (3): 113-9, Sept. 2001.

Abstracts:

Pollina J, Plunkett RJ, Ciesielski MJ, Lis A, Fenstermaker RA: Intratumoral infusion of topotecan prolongs survival in the nude rat/U87 human glioma model. Congress of Neurologic Surgeons and the Joint Section on Tumors, October 1996.

Pollina J, Greenberg SJ, Robinson TA, Hohmann P, Plunkett RJ: Primary Central Nervous system lymphoma: an animal model using an intracerebrally injected human T cell line. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Joint Section on Tumors, October 1996.

Lis A, Pollina J, Robinson TA, Stiles J, Greenberg SJ, Plunkett RJ: Sex dependent differences in the survival of nude rats implanted intracerebrally with a glioblastoma cell line. Congress of neurological Surgeons, Joint Section on Tumors, October 1996.

Pollina J, Ciesielski MJ, Lis A, Castiglia G, Greenberg SJ, Fenstermaker RA, Plunkett RJ: Efficacy and biodistribution of intratumoral topotecan infusion in a nude rat glioma model and rhesus monkey. American Association of Cancer Research, March 1997.

Pollina J, Dias M: Intracranial Birth Injuries - An Analysis of 32 Consecutive Cases. International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery, September 1999.

Presentations:

Left anterior descending coronary artery bypass grafting without cardiopulmonary bypass in a patient with a severely diseased aorta. Presented to The Upstate Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Buffalo, NY, 1994.

Intratumoral infusion of topotecan prolongs survival in the nude rat/U87 human glioma model. Presented to The Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Tumor Satellite Conference, Montreal, Canada, 1996.

Stroke in Children. Presented to the Western New York Association of Neurologic Nurses, Buffalo, NY, 1998.

Intracranial Birth Injuries - An Analysis of 43 Consecutive Cases. Presented to the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1999.

Neurosurgery Courses:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons 69 th Annual Meeting – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – April 21 – 26, 2001

Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Spine Review – Hands on 2001 – Cleveland, OH – May 12 – 18, 2001

Synthetic Bone Grafting for Physicians – Buffalo, NY – December 15, 2002

North American Spine Society 19 th Annual Meeting – Chicago, IL – October 27 – 30, 2004

American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting – New Orleans, LA – April 18 – 21, 2005

Congress of Neurological Surgeons – 2005 Annual Meeting – Boston, MA – October 8 – 13, 2005

National Visiting Professor Series – New Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery and Strategic Pain Management – Buffalo, NY – August 9, 2006

Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2006 Annual Meeting – Chicago, IL – October 7 - 12, 2006

American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting – Washington, D.C. – April 16 – 18, 2007

Advanced Concepts in the Management of Spinal Disorders – Niagara on the Lake, Ontario – August 2 – 4, 2007

American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting – Chicago, Illinois – April 26 – May 1, 2008

NASS 23 rd Annual Meeting – Toronto, ON, Canada – October 14 - 18, 2008

Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2009 Annual Meeting – New Orleans, LA – October 24 – 29, 2009

     
 
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