We are pleased to announce that Angela Li Pollak, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology, has been appointed the assistant program director for the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program, effective December 1st.
In this role, Dr. Pollak will serve as an integral part of the residency program’s leadership team, assisting with recruitment, resident advising and mentoring, and enhancement of the clinical and educational environment of the program.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the residency leadership team to support the continued success and growth of the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program,” says Dr. Pollak. “I am a proud alumnus of the program, and I am excited to support the personal and professional success of current and future Duke Anesthesiology trainees.”
Dr. Pollak brings a wealth of experience to this role. She obtained her BA in biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and taught in a charter high school serving low-income students in Boston before going on to receive her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical School in New York. In 2018, Dr. Pollak completed anesthesiology residency here at Duke in which she served as chief resident. That same year, she was selected to participate in the Feagin Leadership Program, designed to foster the development and training of future academic leaders. Dr. Pollak went on to complete Duke’s Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship where she served as a chief administrative fellow. She is also a 2021 scholar of our department’s Academy for Building Leadership Excellence (ABLE) Program. During her time at Duke, Dr. Pollak has been dedicated to medical education in several capacities, including simulation and crisis resource management. Furthermore, she is an active educator in the areas of Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) and transesophageal echocardiography, and she serves as co-director of the Duke Anesthesiology Resident Coaching Program.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Pollak on her new position and welcoming her to the residency leadership team.