Academic Leadership: Effective leadership | Todd Pollack, MD
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Todd Pollack, MD

Country Director, HAIVN

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

  • Dr. Pollack is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Infectious Diseases specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Country Director of the Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN), a Harvard University Global Program with a mission to improve healthcare in Vietnam. He received his MD in 2003 from the Temple University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Following completion of training in 2009, he moved to Vietnam to provide clinical training and mentoring to Vietnamese health workers in HIV care under the US President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). For nearly ten years, Dr. Pollack has supported the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Vietnam in the implementation of its national HIV program.  He has worked to bring innovation to the delivery of medical training by promoting on-line education through webinars and by using tele-health technology to facilitate mentoring of health workers in the field. These initiatives have improved health worker access to training and expertise.
  • Dr. Pollack is also working with the Vietnam MOH to improve the country’s systems of medical education through curriculum innovation and policy development. Through the IMPACT MED Alliance, a USAID-funded project, HAIVN is providing technical support to 5 medical universities in the comprehensive reform of the undergraduate general medical curriculum. This work has recently expanded to include reform of post-graduate residency training.
  • As Country Director of HAIVN, Dr. Pollack oversees two project offices and provides leadership to all project activities including HIV health worker training and mentoring, quality improvement initiatives, strengthening of hospital infection control and prevention, medical education policy development, and medical curriculum reform. Dr. Pollack’s research focuses on strategies for laboratory monitoring of HIV-infected patients in low-middle income settings. He is the PI of a randomized clinical trial examining the impact of routine viral load monitoring on clinical outcomes in HIV-infected patients in Vietnam. He is also studying the use of dried-blood spots (DBS) for viral load monitoring.