Marya Pollack

Advisory Board

Dr. Marya 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 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. Teaching has been an important part of her role as a physician. Dr. Pollack created a unique interdisciplinary graduate level course “Human Nature: DNA, Race & Identity,” which has been taught both in the fall and spring semesters on the Morningside campus and 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.  In 2022, she created an undergraduate seminar "DNA Diversity and You," offered by the Department of Biological Sciences.

Dr. Marya Pollack was honored in 2016 by membership in the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators, and again in 2019 after being named a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.