Rochester, Minnesota


Pollock.Bruce@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Bruce E. Pollock, M.D., is a board-certified neurological surgeon who conducts patient outcome studies on a wide variety of intracranial disorders, including arteriovenous malformations, benign and malignant brain tumors, and trigeminal neuralgia. Dr. Pollock specializes in Gamma Knife radiosurgery and has performed more than 4,000 cases over the past 20 years.

Focus areas

  • Trigeminal neuralgia. Dr. Pollock performs approximately 100 operations a year for patients with medically unresponsive trigeminal neuralgia. The operations include microvascular decompression, percutaneous needle-based techniques (glycerol rhizotomy, balloon microcompression) and Gamma Knife radiosurgery. He is investigating the relative effectiveness of the different surgical approaches.
  • Arteriovenous malformation. Dr. Pollock is evaluating staged-volume radiosurgery as a treatment option for patients with large, inoperable arteriovenous malformations.
  • Pituitary adenoma. Dr. Pollock is evaluating the factors related to biochemical remission after radiosurgery for patients with hormone-producing pituitary adenomas.

Significance to patient care

Dr. Pollock and colleagues have studied the benefits and risks of intracranial radiosurgery with over 200 papers and book chapters published on this topic. This information has been beneficial to patients and physicians in deciding the usefulness of radiosurgery for individual patients.

Professional highlights

  • Section editor, Radiation Therapy and Radiosurgery, "Youmans and Winn Neurological Surgery," 2017
  • Editorial board member, Neurosurgery, 2001-present
  • Editor, "Intracranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery," Neurosurgery Clinics of North America, 2013
  • Recipient, Jacob I. Fabrikant Award, International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society, 2013


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Neurologic Surgery

Joint Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Radiation Oncology

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Neurosurgery


  1. Resident - Neurological Surgery University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  2. Fellow - Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  3. Internship - General Surgery University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  4. MD University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  5. BS Allegheny College

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