Rebecca Pollard, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology


  • Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency Training Program

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Pollard is a vascular neurologist specialized in the comprehensive care of stroke patients, including diagnosis, management, and prevention of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Her research interests include acute reperfusion therapies, disparities in stroke care, and medical education, with a particular focus on teaching and mentorship of students, residents, and fellows. 

Education & Training

  • Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Vascular Neurology
  • Residency, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Neurology 
  • MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Vascular Neurology

Professional Organization Membership

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Selected Publications

Callen AL, Tanabe J, Thaker AA, Pollard R, Sauer B, Jones W, Pattee J, Steach B, Timpone VM. Evaluation of Cerebrovascular Reactivity and Vessel Wall Imaging in Patients With Prior COVID-19: A Prospective Case-Control MRI Study. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2023 Feb;220(2):257-264. doi: 10.2214/AJR.22.28267. Epub 2022 Aug 24. PMID: 36000667.

Huo D, Leppert M, Pollard R, Poisson S, Fang X, Rubinstein D, Malenky I, Eklund I, Nyberg N. Large Vessel Occlusion Prediction in the Emergency Department with National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale Components: A Machine Learning ApproachJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2021 Oct;30(10):106030. PMID: 34403842  

Pollard R, Thaker A, Johnson P, Roark C. Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion in an Intravenous Drug User With Multiple Needle Fragments in the Neck Arteries. Neurohospitalist. 2021 Jul;11(3):272-274. doi: 10.1177/1941874420981179. Epub 2020 Dec 16. PMID: 34163558; PMCID: PMC8182405.

Pollard R, Case D, Leppert M. No time to delay with large vessel occlusions: Every minute counts. Neurology. 2020 Nov 3;95(18):803-804. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000010915. Epub 2020 Sep 17. PMID: 32943480.

Pollard R, Leppert M, Rawson C, Boehnke M, Honce J, Nagae L, Poisson S, Nyberg E. A Clinical Paradigm for Classifying Neurologic Symptoms to Screen for Emergent Large Vessel Occlusions. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2019 Apr;28(4):929-934. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2018.12.010. Epub 2019 Jan 10. PMID: 30638942.