David Pollack

David PollackDavid A. Pollack, M.D.
Professor for Public Policy

Current Appointments
Department of Psychiatry
Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine
Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology

1969, BA, Northwestern University
1973, MD, Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1973-76, Psychiatry Residency, OHSU

Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)

Academic Interests
David Pollack, MD, holds joint appointments in the departments of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology. He has been a community psychiatrist in Oregon for 34 years. In 1987, he joined the Public Psychiatry Training Program at OHSU and was Medical Director of Mental Health Services West, a large mental health center in downtown Portland. His work on the Oregon Health Plan was pivotal to the successful inclusion of mental health services in the health plan's benefit package. In 1998, Dr. Pollack went to Washington, D.C., as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, and worked for a year developing health and mental health related legislation in the Health Office of Senator Edward Kennedy. He returned to Oregon and OHSU in 1999 and provided consultation to numerous health and mental health programs across the state. From 2002-2006 he served as the Medical Director for the Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services within the Oregon Department of Human Services. In that position he provided clinical and policy leadership for the state on numerous issues. Currently, he provides consultation to state and national organizations on a variety of issues associated with mental health and addictions services, policies, delivery system design, and services research. He works with Oregon’s Evidence-Based Practice Center as the Psychiatric Topics Investigator for the Effective Health Care Program.

He has published many journal articles and several books on mental health issues in the public sector. In 2002, the American Psychiatric Association awarded Dr. Pollack its Assembly Speaker's Award "in honor of heroes of Public and Community Psychiatry," and in 2004, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) awarded him its Exemplary Psychiatrist Award for "developing and directing an innovative training program which demonstrates consumer and family- centered best practices."

American Psychiatric Association
Oregon District Branch, American Psychiatric Association
American Association of Community Psychiatrists
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry

Awards and Honors
1973, Benjamin Rush Award for Outstanding Work in Psychiatry,Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1990, Leadership Award in Community Psychiatry, Oregon Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services Division
1990, Outstanding Community Psychiatrist, American Association of Community Psychiatrists
1990, Fellowship, American Psychiatric Association
1994, Distinguished Service Award for Teaching, OHSU
1994, American College of Psychiatrists Award for Creativity in Psychiatric Education
1997, American Psychiatric Association Gold Award for Mental Health Services West Project Respond
1998-99, Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship, Washington, D.C.
2000, American Association of Community Psychiatrists Moffic Award for Ethical Practice in Public Sector Managed Behavioral Healthcare
2002, American Psychiatric Association Assembly Speaker's Award for Public and Community Psychiatry
2004, NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award