Dr. John Pollina

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, serves as Director of Comprehensive 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 at our Comprehensive Neuroscience center in Williamsville and our Orchard Park office. He performs surgeries at Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute.

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

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.

Dr. Pollina's Notable Publications

Robot-Assisted Cortical Bone Trajectory Insertion of Pedicle Screws: 2-Dimensional Operative Video

Agyei JO, Khan A, Jowdy PK, O'Connor TE, Meyers JE, Mullin JP, Pollina J. Robot-Assisted Cortical Bone Trajectory Insertion of Pedicle Screws: 2-Dimensional Operative Video. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2020 May 1;18(5):E171. doi: 10.1093/ons/opz216. PMID: 31342070.

Hemoptysis as the Presenting Clinical Sign of a T8-T9 Spine Fracture With Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis Changes

Siasios I, Pollina J, Dimopoulos VG. Hemoptysis as the Presenting Clinical Sign of a T8-T9 Spine Fracture with Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis Changes. Case Rep Emerg Med. 2016;2016:7657652. doi: 10.1155/2016/7657652. Epub 2016 Jun 22. PMID: 27418984; PMCID: PMC4933853.

The Role of Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Fractional Anisotropy in the Evaluation of Patients With Idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: A Literature Review

Siasios I, Kapsalaki EZ, Fountas KN, Fotiadou A, Dorsch A, Vakharia K, Pollina J,...

Cervical Sagittal Balance Parameters After Single-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: Correlations With Clinical and Functional Outcomes

Siasios I, Winograd E, Khan A, Vakharia K, Dimopoulos VG, Pollina J. Cervical sagittal...

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