General Pollock became a certified nurse anesthetist soon after her graduation from the University of Maryland. She has master’s degrees in business, healthcare administration and national security and strategy, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland. She was the 22nd chief of the Army Nurse Corps, and served as the commander of the US Army Medical Command and the acting surgeon general of the Army (becoming the first female nonphysician to have this role in any of the military services).
In 2008, she established the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration and was an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine and Nursing. General Pollock was a 2011 Fellow in Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative. She serves on multiple advisory boards, is the owner of Pollock Associates, LLC, and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Academy of Nursing and the National Board of Corporate Directors. General Pollock was selected as a 2013/2014 Professional Business Women of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women.