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Dr. Irvin Pollack, ophthalmologist and laser surgery pioneer, dies

Dr. Irvin Pollack, ophthalmologist and laser surgery pioneer, dies

Dr. Irvin Pollack, a retired ophthalmologist who founded Sinai Hospital's Krieger Eye Institute and was a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor, died of cancer March 1 at his Pikesville home. He was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Lanvale Street, he was the son of Samuel and Rose Diamond Pollack, who ran a grocery store.

He was a 1949 City College graduate and received a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University. He then graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

After an internship at Sinai Hospital, he performed his residency at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and trained under Dr. Bernard Becker, an early glaucoma...