Seth M. Pollack, MD, Joins NM as Director, Sarcoma Program
March 25, 2021 | 2 min. to read
Nationally renowned medical oncologist Seth M. Pollack, MD, a leading expert on immunotherapy strategies for treating sarcomas, has joined the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University as medical director of the sarcoma program. He is also the Steven T. Rosen, MD, Professor of Cancer Biology, and associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the Feinberg School of Medicine.
Widely recognized for his clinical expertise in both sarcoma and immune-based therapies, Pollack is developing new ways to enhance a patient’s immune responses against their cancer and improve their outcomes. Pollack’s R01-funded laboratory research focuses on synovial sarcoma and myxoid/round cell liposarcoma, and on developing targeted immunotherapies, including vaccines and cellular therapies.
Dr. Pollack leads multiple clinical trials that have moved his findings from the bench to the bedside around the world. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, he will work closely with Lurie Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary, patient-centered team members who specialize in the treatment of these rare and complex cancers.
“We are excited that Seth has joined the Lurie Cancer Center and Northwestern Medicine,” says Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, director of the Lurie Cancer Center. “His leadership will substantially strengthen our clinical and translational efforts in sarcoma and impact our efforts in the development of immune therapies for other malignancies, as well.”
Board-certified in medical oncology, Dr. Pollack joined NM in January 2021 from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. “We are delighted with Seth’s recruitment to Northwestern Medicine. His arrival will be the foundation of our continued evolution into a world-class sarcoma program offering cutting-edge research and novel therapeutic approaches,” says William J. Gradishar, MD, chief of the Division of Hematology Oncology.
Dr. Pollack received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where he also completed his residency. He completed fellowship training at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is currently accepting patients at NMH in Arkes Pavilion, 676 North Saint Clair Street, Suite 850. Patient referrals may be placed through Epic. To schedule an appointment, call 312.695.6180.