Marya Pollack is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is a Board Certified Attending and Supervising Community Psychiatrist at the NYS Psychiatric Institute, and an Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Pollack began her long affiliation with Columbia University in 1987 when she was graduated from the first Columbia College class to admit women. After earning her Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University majoring in Maternal and Child Health, she then was graduated from NYU Medical School.
After completing her residency at St. Vincent’s in Manhattan, she was a psychiatrist at the student mental health center at CUMC and in short order became a full-time attending at NYSPI now teaching Columbia University medical students weekly for more than a decade.
Dr. Pollack developed the interdisciplinary graduate level course currently known as “Human Nature: DNA, Race and Identity,” which is affiliated with the departments of Narrative Medicine, EEEB, Biology, CSSR, CSS, CSER, Bioethics, Engineering, SDEV, and Medicine, Literature and Society. This course is now an elective for Forth Year medical students and is offered in February and October. The first pair of Columbia Fourth Year medical students completed this 4-week rotation in February 2015. Dr. Pollack also maintains the course's website.