John Pollina, MD

Dr. John Pollina is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo who joined UBNS in 2013. Dr. Pollina, who is a board certified neurosurgeon, serves as Director of Comprehensive Spine Surgery. After receiving his BA in Economics from Fairfield University in 1990, he completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1994. He completed his neurosurgical residency at SUNY Buffalo as well.

Dr. Pollina has a focus in the treatment of disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His areas of expertise are low back and neck pain; herniated disc; spinal stenosis; scoliosis; spinal instability; spinal tumor and infection; carpal/cubital tunnel syndrome; and intracranial pathology. His research interests include motion sparing/preserving technology of the spine; minimal access approaches and techniques to the spine; osteo-biologics of spinal fusion; and spine surgery outcome-based research.

His clinical interests include: low back and neck pain; herniated disc; spinal stenosis; scoliosis; spinal instability; spinal tumor and infection; carpal/cubital tunnel syndrome; and intracranial pathology.

Professional Highlights:

Buffalo Neuroscience Award (1999); Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (inducted 1994); Buffalo Surgical Society, Award for Academic Excellence in Surgery (1994); Dean’s Letter of Commendation, State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Dean’s List, Fairfield University.