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Craig Evan Pollack, M.D., M.H.S.

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Co-Director, General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program

Associate Professor of Medicine


Expertise: Internal Medicine

Research Interests: Social determinants of health; Organization of cancer care; Cancer disparities


Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
Appointment Phone: 410-955-0670

601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)
Appointment Phone: 410-955-9434

1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Dr. Craig Pollack is an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He holds a joint appointment in oncology as well as health policy and management, and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His areas of clinical expertise include internal medicine and oncology. 

Dr. Pollack serves as co-director of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program.

He received his M.D. and completed his residency at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. He performed a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program. Dr. Pollack also earned an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.H.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Pollack's research interests include social determinants of health, organization of cancer care and cancer disparities. more


  • Co-Director, General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Oncology



  • MD, University of California - San Francisco (2004)


  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine / Internal Medicine (2006)


  • University of Pennsylvania SOM- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program (2009)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (2008)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Pollack’s research focuses on cancer prevention and control with an emphasis on prostate cancer. His work seeks to understand how the organization environment of health care influences the type and quality of care that patients receive. In other work, he examines the broader social context of health and health care, particularly on housing, financial strain and socioeconomic status.

Selected Publications

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Marshall JK, Mbah OM, Ford JG, Phelan-Emrick D, Ahmed S, Bone L, Wenzel J, Shapiro GR, Howerton M, Johnson L, Brown Q, Ewing A, Pollack CE. "Effect of patient navigation on breast cancer screening among African American Medicare beneficiaries: A randomized controlled trial." J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Aug 11. [Epub ahead of print]

McGowan EC, Matsui EC, McCormack MC, Pollack CE, Peng R, Keet CA. "Effect of poverty, urbanization, and race/ethnicity on perceived food allergy in the United States." Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2015 Jul;115(1):85-6.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2015.04.021.

Hussain T, Chang HY, Veenstra CM, Pollack CE. "Fragmentation in specialist care and stage III colon cancer." Cancer. 2015 Sep 15;121(18):3316-24. doi: 10.1002/cncr.29474. Epub 2015 Jun 4.

Reddy A, Pollack CE, Asch DA, Canamucio A, Werner RM. "The effect of primary care provider turnover on patient experience of care and ambulatory quality of care." JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jul;175(7):1157-62. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.1853.

Romano MJ, Segal JB, Pollack CE. "The association between continuity of care and the overuse of medical procedures." JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jul;175(7):1148-54. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.1340.

Pollack CE, Bekelman JE, Liao KJ, Armstrong K. Hospital racial composition and the treatment of localized prostate cancer. Cancer. 2011 Jun 20. doi: 10.1002/cncr.26232.

Pollack CE, Kurd SK, Livshits A, Weiner M, Lynch J. A case-control study of home foreclosure, health conditions, and health care utilization. J Urban Health. 2011 Jun;88(3):469-78.

Pollack CE, Armstrong K. Accountable care organizations and health care disparities. JAMA. 2011 Apr 27;305(16):1706-7.

Miller WD, Pollack CE, Williams DR. Healthy homes and communities: putting the pieces together. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Jan;40(1 Suppl 1):S48-57.

Pollack CE, Griffin BA, Lynch J. Housing affordability and health among homeowners and renters. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Dec;39(6):515-21.

Pollack CE, Gidengil C, Mehrotra A. The growth of retail clinics and the medical home: two trends in concert or in conflict? Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 May;29(5):998-1003.

Pollack CE, Lynch J, Alley DE, Cannuscio C. Foreclosure and health status. LDI Issue Brief. 2010 Jan-Feb;15(2):1-4.

Pollack CE, Lynch J. Health status of people undergoing foreclosure in the Philadelphia region. Am J Public Health. 2009 Oct;99(10):1833-9.

Rudavsky R, Pollack CE, Mehrotra A. The geographic distribution, ownership, prices, and scope of practice at retail clinics. Ann Intern Med. 2009 Sep 1;151(5):315-20. PMCID: PMC2746672.

Putt M, Long JA, Montagnet C, Silber JH, Chang VW, Kaijun Liao, Schwartz JS, Pollack CE, Wong YN, Armstrong K. Racial differences in the impact of comorbidities on survival among elderly men with prostate cancer. Med Care Res Rev. 2009 Aug;66(4):409-35. PMCID: PMC2780425.

Pollack CE, Armstrong K. The geographic accessibility of retail clinics for underserved populations. Arch Intern Med. 2009 May 25;169(10):945-9; discussion 950-3.

Mallya G, Pollack CE, Polsky D. Are primary care physicians ready to practice in a consumer-driven environment? Am J Manag Care. 2008 Oct;14(10):661-8.

Pollack CE, Mallya G, Polsky D. The impact of consumer-directed health plans and patient socioeconomic status on physician recommendations for colorectal cancer screening. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Oct;23(10):1595-601. PMCID: PMC2533392.

Pollack CE, Chideya S, Cubbin C, Williams B, Dekker M, Braveman P. Should health studies measure wealth? A systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Sep;33(3):250-64.

Pollack CE, Cubbin C, Ahn D, Winkleby M. Neighbourhood deprivation and alcohol consumption: does the availability of alcohol play a role? Int J Epidemiol. 2005 Aug;34(4):772-80.

Pollack CE, von dem Knesebeck O. Social capital and health among the aged: comparisons between the United States and Germany. Health Place. 2004 Dec;10(4):383-91.

Pollack CE, von dem Knesebeck O, Siegrist J. Housing and health in Germany. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2004 Mar;58(3):216-22. PMCID: PMC1732701.

Pollack CE. Intentions of burial: mourning, politics, and memorials following the massacre at Srebrenica. Death Stud. 2003 Feb-Mar;27(2):125-42.

Pollack CE. Burial at Srebrenica: linking place and trauma. Soc Sci Med. 2003 Feb;56(4):793-801.

Kennedy-Hendricks A, Schwartz H, Thornton RJ, Griffin BA, Green HD Jr, Kennedy DP, Burkhauser S, Pollack CE. "Intergenerational social networks and health behaviors among children living in public housing." Am J Public Health. 2015 Sep 17:e1-e7. [Epub ahead of print]

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • The Relationship Between Housing Evictions and Health Outcomes (308.860.98 SS/R)
    Bloomberg School of Public Health
    2015 - 2015
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