Area’s First Comprehensive Approach to Neuro-Oncology Care

Leaders at Premier Health were troubled that many brain tumor patients sought treatment outside the Dayton area. They turned to Ania G Pollack, MD, FACS, FAANS, to develop a local solution. Dr. Pollack, a neurosurgeon with a subspecialty in skull base surgery and neuro-oncology, recently led the team responsible for the successful implementation of the Comprehensive Neuroscience Institute at the University of Kansas. Dr. Pollack has been selected to design and implement a similar program that will bring together all facets of local expertise, providing a better opportunity for total patient care here in Dayton.

Uniquely designed as a regional resource, this new, comprehensive approach will be exclusive to our area, offering a continuum of care throughout treatment—from the initial appointment, to diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. Through innovative partnerships with Dayton Physicians and Wright State University, the program will also serve as an environment for integrated research and clinical activity, providing access to advanced technologies and innovative interdisciplinary science. The combination will make Premier the area leader in comprehensive neuro-oncology treatment, and enable Premier to pioneer new treatments.

Through a team-based philosophy, the program’s multidisciplinary approach will serve the varying medical, surgical, and rehabilitation needs of patients with neurological diseases and injuries, enabling academic and clinical neuroscientists to work together to integrate structural and functional approaches to the assessment of the brain in both health and disease, thereby improving the lives of patients.

"Patients no longer have to leave the area to receive advanced, comprehensive health care services. Through these partnerships, we will now have the facilities so that our expert physicians can deliver advanced care right here in the Dayton area," according to Dr. Pollack, of the Comprehensive Neuro-Oncology program.

“We are strongly committed to improving the quality of life for neurological patients in the Dayton community, and we look forward to taking on new challenges,” says Dr. Pollack. “We are pleased to forge new partnerships, as we work to further develop the program. Together, we can accomplish great things.”

Dr. Pollack joined Premier Health in January 2014. Upon graduating from the University of Chicago Pritzker Medical School, Dr. Pollack completed her residency at Northwestern University, and her fellowship in skullbase surgery and neuro-oncology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She has been in practice since 2005. Dr. Pollack is awaiting her associate professorship appointment from Wright State University.

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