John Pollina, MD, FACS

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Contact Information

3980-A Sheridan Drive
Amherst, NY 14226
P: (716) 218-1000
F: (716) 650-2691

 

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Director of Spine Surgery

State University of New York at Buffalo

Co-Director, Spine/Advanced Orthopedic Spine Center
Kaleida Health

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Dr. Pollina is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo who joined UBNS in 2013. Dr. Pollina, who is a board certified neurosurgeon, is the Director of Spine Surgery.

After receiving his BA in Economics from Fairfield University in 1990, Dr. Pollina completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1994. He completed his neurosurgical residency at SUNY Buffalo as well.

Dr. Pollina has a focus in the treatment of disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His areas of expertise are low back and neck pain; herniated disc; spinal stenosis; scoliosis; spinal instability; spinal tumor and infection; carpal/cubital tunnel syndrome; and intracranial pathology. His research interests include motion sparing/preserving technology of the spine; minimal access approaches and techniques to the spine; osteo-biologics of spinal fusion; and spine surgery outcome-based research.

Dr. Pollina sees patients out of the Amherst UB Neurosurgery office and performs surgeries at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute.

Medical School
State University of New York at Buffalo

Internship
State University of New York at Buffalo, Surgical Internship

Residency
State University of New York at Buffalo, Neurosurgical Residency

Fellowship
State University of New York at Buffalo, Neurosurgical Oncology/Radiosurgery

Board Certification
Neurological Surgery

Clinical Interests
Dr. Pollina's clinical interests include: low back and neck pain; herniated disc; spinal stenosis; scoliosis; spinal instability; spinal tumor and infection; carpal/cubital tunnel syndrome; and intracranial pathology.

Professional Highlights
Buffalo Neuroscience Award (1999); Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (inducted 1994); Buffalo Surgical Society, Award for Academic Excellence in Surgery (1994); Dean's Letter of Commendation,  State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Dean's List, Fairfield University.

Memberships
American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Medical Society, County of Erie; Medical Society, State of New York; American Medical Association; New York State Neurological Society; Spine Arthroplasty Society; North American Spine Society; Congress of Neurological Surgeons; American College of Surgeons

Selected Publications
View a partial list of Dr. Pollina’s publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.

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