Director of Clinical Education
Spencer Pollok is the Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Medicine. His primary responsibility is to coordinate clinical experiences for the PA Medicine students during their clinical year of the program. He works closely with providers within Centra Health, throughout the local community, and across Virginia to provide high quality, hands-on educational experiences for the students.
Spencer is a Lynchburg native who has found his way home to the City of Seven Hills. After graduating from E.C. Glass High School he finished his undergraduate work in Gunnison, Colorado at Western State College, with a major in outdoor recreation and a minor in biology. During his time at Western State he became an EMT and fell in love with medicine. He also worked as an ER Technician and an Operating Room Patient Care Technician while preparing to apply for PA school. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) with a master of science in physician assistant studies. At MUSC he was awarded the Class of 2008 Student of the Year Award and the Class of 2008 Leadership Award.
After obtaining certification, he began practice at the University of Virginia Medical Center for the Department of Surgery in the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He spent seven years at UVa honing skills in Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting and Surgical First Assisting as well as providing Pre and Post-Operative care for cardiac surgery patients.
Areas of clinical interest:
- PA Education
- Aortic Disease
- Cardiac Valvular Disease
- Mechanical Circulatory Support
- Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting
Spencer lives in Lynchburg with his wife, Talia their son Maxwell, and their Boston Terrier Major.