Dr. Pollyea received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago Hospital and then served as Chief Medical Resident at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He completed a medical oncology and hematology fellowship at Stanford University.
His work focuses on improving our understanding of the nature of leukemia stem cells, and developing drugs that target this population to potentially allow for curative therapies. Dr. Pollyea has served as the Principal Investigator for multiple early-phase clinical trials and has received funding for his research from the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He is currently Chair of the NCCN Guidelines on Acute Myeloid Leukemia.