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MG Gale S. Pollock, Army Nurse Corps, Retired

MG Gale S. Pollock (Ret) served as Commander, US Army Medical Command and Acting Surgeon General of the Army in 2007 (the first woman, non-physician to have this role in any of the military services with a $9.7B annual budget). Simultaneously, she served as the 22nd Chief of the Army Nurse Corps. Following her retirement from the Army, she was the founding Executive Director of the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration at the University of Pittsburgh and associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and School of Nursing. In 2011, MG Pollock was a Fellow in Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative.


General Pollock received the 2008 Agatha Hodgins Achievement Award from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists; the 2007 "Woman of the Year" of the American Legion Auxiliary; and Distinguished Alumna of Baylor University in 2006. She was selected as a 2013/2014 Professional Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women in January 2014.


MG Pollock received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). She received her Master of Business Administration from Boston University; a Master's in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University, a Master's in National Security and Strategy from the National Defense University, and an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Maryland. She is a Fellow in The American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).


Her passion is restoration of sight and when not advancing this cause, she spends time with her "spousal-unit" Doug McAllaster and her ambassador guide dog, Cruiser, enjoying exercise and the beauty of the outdoors.

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