Mark H. Pollack, M.D.

Mark H. Pollack

Clintara SAB Member

Mark H. Pollack, M.D. The Grainger Professor & Chairman


Dr. Mark Pollack is The Grainger Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center. He received his M.D. in 1982 from New Jersey Medical School and completed residency and fellowship training in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital where he served as Director of the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School until 2011.

His areas of clinical and research interest include the acute and long-term course, pathophysiology and treatment of patients with anxiety disorders  including panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder and associated comorbidities, development of novel pharmacologic agents for mood and anxiety disorders, uses of combined cognitive-behavioral and pharmacologic therapies for treatment refractory patients, presentation and treatment of anxiety in the medical setting, and the pathophysiology and treatment of substance abuse.

Dr Pollack has received federal funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study the longitudinal course of panic disorder, the application of cognitive-behavioral interventions for the reduction of illicit drug use in drug abusers, the impact of terrorist attacks on the development of PTSD and course of disorder in bipolar patients, changes in brain function as assessed by MR Spectroscopy and neuropsychological testing in patients on methadone maintenance, treatment response and pharmacogenetics in refractory social anxiety disorder, treatment of sleep and examination of biomarkers in PTSD and the and use of d-cycloserine to enhance the treatment efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy in social anxiety and panic disorder.   He has published over 300 articles, reviews and chapters, and is co-editor of the books “Challenges in Clinical Practice: Pharmacologic and Psychosocial Strategies”, “Panic Disorder and Its Treatment,” and “Social Phobia: Research and Practice” and “Ten Minute CBT”.  Dr. Pollack lectures widely in national and international forum and serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards. He is President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.  He is also on the Board of Directors of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and has served as Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board.