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The Children's National Research Institute

Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Severity of illness
  • Morbidity
  • Pediatric critical care

Education & Training

  • M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, 1970-1974
  • M.B.A., George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1997-1999
  • Residency, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1974-1977
  • Fellowship, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1977-1978

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Murray Pollack, M.D., M.B.A. is an outcomes researcher, board certified pediatric critical care medicine specialist, and a pioneer in the field of pediatric critical care medicine. His main focus has been measuring severity of illness and applying these methodologies to investigations of outcomes in pediatric critical care, emergency medicine, and neonatology.

Dr. Pollack’s major contributions include development of pediatric measures of severity of illness, the demonstration of improved outcomes in Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) compared to adult Intensive Care Units (ICUs), and the investigation of quality factors in PICUs, Neonatal Intensive care Units (NICUs), and Pediatric Emergency Departments.

Dr. Pollack’s research focuses on predicting multiple outcome states (new morbidity as well as mortality) from pediatric critical care.  Recently, as a Principle Investigator in the National Institute of Health funded Critical Care Research Network, he completed the development of new morbidity measure (Functional Status Scale) and developed a unique trichotomous outcome predictor from pediatric critical care outcome predictors based on a sample of 10,078 patients in multiple PICUS.

Dr. Pollack has had numerous administrative roles, including Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona Phoenix, Chief Medical and Academic Officer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and Vice President for Medical Affairs at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Research & Publications