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Friday, January 17, 2003
POLLACK, Robert S., M.D. - A retired physician and surgeon, died Saturday in his home surrounded by his loving family. Dr. Pollack was 86. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis Addison Pollack, 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Dr. Pollack was born in New York City in 1916. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1938 and received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1942. Dr. Pollack was a prominent physician and surgeon of international renown who loved excellence and learning. He began his private medical practice in San Francisco in 1949, and was a pioneer in the fields of surgical oncology and breast, and head and neck cancer. He was also a published author and a dedicated and respected teacher, colleague and friend. Upon retiring from surgical practice he was a consultant in medical malpractice. He and his wife retired to Sonoma in 1987. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Addison Pollack of Sonoma, son R. Addison Pollack of Wyoming and daughters Gwenda Joyce of Chicago and Sonoma, Victoria Addison Rowe of Santa Fe, Phyllis Addison-Foster of San Rafael, her husband Dean Foster and 6 grandchildren. Dr. Robert S. Pollack began his private medical practice in San Francisco in 1949 after completing his internship and residency in NYC at the Hospital for Joint Diseases and Memorial Hospital /Sloane Kettering Cancer Center. He brought with him the latest techniques in cancer treatment and instituted many of his own. He was on staff at Stanford University Hospital where he remained after it became Presbyterian Hospital then Pacific Medical Center. He was on staff at the University of California Medical School, Mt. Zion and Letterman Hospitals. He was Attending Surgeon at Children's Memorial and St. Francis Hospitals. Dr. Pollack was a Diplomate of the Am Board of Surgery, held memberships in numerous learned societies concerned with the study and treatment of cancer, is a past fellow of Am College of Surgeons. His consultantships in surgery include: US Veterans, Navy, Air Force and Public Health Hospitals in the SF Bay Area. In 1971-72 he was Professor and Director of the Dept of General Surgery at UC Davis School of Medicine. Robert S. Pollack, M.D. was the author of medical books: "Clinical Aspects of Malpractice", 1980, "Treatment of Breast Tumors", 1958, "Tumor Surgery of the Head and Neck", 1957 (revised 1975), which is used in medical schools today. He contributed chapters to many other books, was the Associate Editor of Oncology, and wrote over 50 articles in medical journals. Dr. Pollack has been the recipient of numerous Visiting Professorships worldwide. Throughout his distinguished career, he taught in the US and in India, Australia, Western Samoa, New Guinea, England and Switzerland. He loved bright, young minds and served on the Board of Directors for the Athenian School. He attended Round Square conferences in Scotland, England, W. Germany, Switzerland and Canada. Following his retirement from medical practice, Dr. Pollack became a consultant in Medical Malpractice for the Travelers Insurance Company. A private gathering in celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 3 p.m. For information please call 707-935-0634. Contributions in Dr. Pollack's memory may be made to Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
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Saturday, January 18, 2003
Dr. Robert Pollack -- pioneer in field of surgical oncology
by Chuck Squatriglia, Chronicle Staff Writer
Dr. Robert S. Pollack, believed to have been San Francisco's first oncologist and a pioneer in the field of surgical oncology, died of leukemia Jan. 11 at his home in Sonoma. He was 86.
Dr. Pollack was an expert in surgery and cancers of the lungs, breasts and neck. He was admired for his skill and bedside manner and passed those traits on to students around the world, both as a teacher and author of three textbooks, his family said.
"He always wanted to be a surgeon, from the time he was a little boy," said his wife, Phyllis Addison Pollack. "He had marvelous hands, a surgeon's hands. He never changed his decision. And he always talked about his years in practice."
Dr. Pollack was born in New York City. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1938 and earned his medical degree from Cornell University in 1942. He completed his residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases and Memorial Hospital, which later became Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
He completed a fellowship in tropical diseases at the University of Havana in 1941. He met his wife there, and they married a short time later in Westchester County, N.Y.
Dr. Pollack did not want to serve in New York, his wife said, and applied for a job at the U.S. Public Health Services Hospital at the Presidio in San Francisco. He and his wife moved to San Francisco in 1948.
He was also on the staff at Stanford University Hospital before he launched his practice in San Francisco in 1949, specializing in surgical oncology and pioneering many techniques in cancer treatment.
He also was on the staffs of UC San Francisco Medical Center and Mount Zion,
Letterman, Children's Memorial and St. Francis hospitals.
During a career that spanned 35 years, Dr. Pollack was a visiting professor to universities in the United States, Australia, England, India, New Guinea, Switzerland and Western Samoa. Dr. Pollack was a professor and director of the department of general surgery at UC Davis from 1971 until 1972.
He wrote three texts, "Clinical Aspects of Malpractice" in 1980, "Treatment of Breast Tumors" in 1958 and "Tumor Surgery of the Head and Neck" in 1957. That text was revised in 1975. Dr. Pollack also contributed to many texts, wrote more than 50 journal articles and was associate editor of the journal Oncology.
After his retirement from medicine in 1987, Dr. Pollock and his wife moved to Sonoma. He served as a consultant in medical malpractice for Travelers Insurance Co.
Dr. Pollack was a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a past fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Addison Pollack of Sonoma; his son, R. Addison Pollack of Medicine Bow, Wyo.; three daughters, Gwenda Joyce of Chicago, Victoria Addison Rowe of Santa Fe, N.M., and Phyllis Addison-Foster of San Rafael; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Dartmouth College, Dartmouth College Fund, 6066 Development Office, Hanover, NH 03755-3555.
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