Jeffrey Pollak, MD

Robert I. White, Jr. Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging; Director, Yale Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Program; Director, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program

Physician Biography

My background is in vascular and interventional radiology, which is the founding specialty for image-guided minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and encompasses a wide variety of procedures performed under x-ray (including fluoroscopy and CAT scan) and ultrasound guidance. These typically involve catheterizations in the arteries and veins to treat disorders in a variety of organs of the body as well as direct punctures into these organs. As the director of the multidisciplinary Yale Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Program, the first center of its kind in the world, I evaluate patients with this condition in the clinic setting and use minimally invasive catheter techniques to embolize (block) abnormal blood vessels that they frequently develop in their lungs (pulmonary arteriovenous malformations), which can cause shortness of breath or create risks of stroke and hemorrhage. I additionally treat patients with other types of vascular malformations of the blood vessels (arteries and veins) and lymphatics, and patients with venous disorders, including blocked veins and the placement and removal of inferior vena cava filters. Areas of interest with regard to cancer are the treatment of patients with primary liver tumors with local ablation (a needle into a tumor to deliver energy to destroy it) and embolization (blocking) of the vessels to the tumor and ablation for smaller kidney tumors. Patients with bleeding or excess fluid accumulation related to liver cirrhosis may benefit from the minimally invasive creation of a shunt within the liver (a “TIPS”). As an expert in embolization, I additionally block the arteries to the uterus to help woman with problems from fibroids and the veins leading to varicoceles in men.

Clinical Interests

  • Angiography
  • Arterio-Arterial Fistula
  • Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Arteriovenous Malformations
  • Blood Vessels
  • Bronchial Arteries
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell
  • Embolization, Therapeutic
  • Femoral Vein
  • Hepatic Artery
  • Hepatic Veins
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular
  • Hypertension, Renal
  • Hypertension, Renovascular
  • Iliac Vein
  • Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome
  • Leiomyoma
  • Liver
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Popliteal Vein
  • Portal System
  • Portal Vein
  • Pulmonary Artery
  • Subclavian Vein
  • Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
  • Telangiectasia, Hereditary Hemorrhagic
  • Varicocele
  • Vena Cava, Inferior
  • Vena Cava, Superior
  • Venae Cavae
  • Stents
  • Brachiocephalic Veins
  • Vascular Fistula
  • Vena Cava Filters
  • Chemoembolization, Therapeutic
  • Angioplasty
  • Aneurysm, False
  • Portasystemic Shunt, Transjugular Intrahepatic
  • Vascular Malformations
  • Ablation Techniques
  • Uterine Artery Embolization
  • May-Thurner Syndrome
  • Mesenteric Ischemia

Patient Care

Accepts new patients? Yes
Patient Type: Adult; Adolescent; Child
Referrals: From patients or physicians

Patient Care Organizations

Radiology & Biomedical Imaging: HHT Program | Interventional Radiology: Endovascular Center; Vascular Malformation Group | Vascular Center

Transplant & Renovascular Disease

Yale Cancer Center: Liver Cancer Program

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research

Board Certifications

  • Diagnostic Radiology AB of Radiology (1988)

Clinical Trials

Conditions Study Title
Liver A Phase II Trial of Systemic Chemotherapy (Gemcitabine and Cisplatin) in Combination with Conventional Transarterial Chemoembolization (cTACE) in Patients with Advanced Intra-Hepatic Cholangiocarcinoma (ICC)
Liver Pharmacokinetics of Doxorubicin in Conventional Transarterial Chemoembolization (cTACE) of Primary and Secondary Liver Cancer
Diseases of the Cardiovascular System Predicting the Safety and Effectiveness of Inferior Vena Cava Filters (PRESERVE)
Kidney Active Surveillance of the Small Renal Mass

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Contact Info

Jeffrey Pollak, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Vascular & Interventional RadiologyYale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Ste 2nd Floor

New Haven, CT 06519
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Yale Vascular & Interventional RadiologyYale-New Haven Hospital
20 York Street, Ste 2nd Floor

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
PO Box 208042
Clinic Building CB 2-225

New Haven, CT 06520-8042

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