Kolling Institute researcher and Royal North Shore Hospital clinician Professor Carol Pollock has been recognised for her extraordinary contribution to healthcare in this year’s Queen’s birthday honour roll.
Professor Pollock has been appointed an officer of the order of Australia for her distinguished service to medical research, education and science, nephrology, and clinical practice and governance.
As a renal medicine specialist and internationally respected academic, Prof Pollock has had a remarkable career as a clinician, researcher, lecturer, mentor and advocate.
She has published over 390 papers in clinical medicine and basic science, and is an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
Prof Pollock has had an extensive range of health leadership roles, and is currently the Chair of Kidney Health Australia, Chair of the NSW Bureau of Health Information and Deputy Chair of the Australian Organ, Tissue and Transplant Authority. She was chair of the NSLHD board from 2010-2016.
She is a member of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, on several industry boards, and an Ambassador of Business Events Sydney.
Her dedication to her clinical and research endeavours have been recognised with many accolades, including a ministerial award for excellence in cardiovascular research and a Vice Chancellors award for research supervision from the University of Sydney.
Prof Pollock has welcomed the Queen’s birthday award, saying it is an honour and a privilege to be recognised with an order of Australia.
“It’s important to note that I have a team who has contributed to this recognition so I am immensely grateful to all those who have supported me in my endeavours,” she said.
“A really positive aspect of receiving this award has been reconnecting with people that I haven’t seen in a very long time, including school and university friends, many colleagues who have retired from the health system and in some cases partners of colleagues who have passed away.
“I didn’t realise so many people read the honour lists. The award has rekindled friendships and collaborations for which I am grateful.”