Maj. Gen. Gale S. Pollock, the first nurse and first woman to serve in the position of acting U.S. Army Surgeon General, will address how the military has helped to lead developments in trauma care worldwide during her presentation, Advances in Trauma Medicine Developed by the Army Medical Department. Her address is free and open to the public. it is on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., Pappert Lecture Hall, Bayer Learning Center, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave.
Named Commander U.S. Army Medical Command/Acting Surgeon General in March 2007, Pollock also serves as chief of the Army Nurse Corps. Some of her past military assignments include special assistant to the Surgeon General for Information Management and Health Policy; commander of the Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Ga.; Department of Defense Healthcare Advisor to the Congressional Commission on Service Members and Veterans Transition Assistance; senior policy analyst in Health Affairs for the Department of Defense; and chief of Anesthesia Nursing Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
A certified nurse anesthetist, Pollock has a B.S. in nursing from the University of Maryland, an MBA from Boston University, a master’s in healthcare administration from Baylor University and a master’s in national security and strategy from the National Defense University. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and the Army Commendation Medal.
Duquesne’s Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences is hosting the event in collaboration with the John G. Rangos School of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing and the Mylan School of Pharmacy.