Dr. Pollack received her MD degree from New York University and her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Columbia University. She joined the faculty in the Division of Psychiatry in 2001 working as an attending in the New York State Psychiatric Institute-Washington Heights Community Service. In addition, she is an attending physician at New York Presbyterian, and an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Since 2001, she has been teaching third-year medical students in the Psychiatry Clerkship. Since then, Dr. Pollack created a unique interdisciplinary graduate level course “Human Nature: DNA, Race & Identity,” which is taught both fall and spring semesters on the Morningside campus and is open to learners from any school in the University. She is the Director of an elective for fourth-year medical students who attend her seminar while gaining clinical experience in palliative care and psychiatry. Dr. Marya Pollack was honored in 2016 by membership in the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators, and in 2019 by being made a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.