Norman Pollock

Associate Professor

Norman Pollock

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine: GPI

College of Nursing
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Population Health Science

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Pediatrics

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Physiology

The Graduate School


Dr. Norman Pollock is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Georgia Prevention Institute’s Bone and Body Composition Laboratory at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Pollock has experience in clinical and translational research related to diet and nutrition interventions in populations at risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


  • Ph.D., Foods, Nutrition, and Related University of Georgia, 2008

  • MS, Foods and Nutrition University of Georgia, 2004

  • BSFCS, Dietetics/ Dietitian University of Georgia, 2002

  • BSE, Health Teacher Education University of Georgia, 1998

Awards & Honors

  • 2016 Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award University of Georgia, 2016

  • 2012 ASBMR Travel Grant Award American Society of Bone & Mineral Research, 2012

  • 2012 Outstanding Young Clinical Science Faculty Award Medical College of Georgia, 2012

  • NIH Pediatric Research Extramural Award National Institutes of Health, 2012

  • 2011 ASBMR Young Investigator Award American Society of Bone & Mineral Research, 2011

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MEDI 5088

    Medical Scholars Program
  • ANAT 9020

    Seminar in Cell Bio/Anatomy

Teaching Interests

I allocate approximately 10% of my time to teaching endeavors, which have primarily been in advising and mentoring. My teaching philosophy centers on encouraging future clinicians and scientists to be life-long critical thinkers and to use the available evidence to guide and defend their decisions. I convey to my students that clinical and academic success is determined not by an ability to memorize material, but to understand basic concepts and problem-solve in order to apply these concepts to specific patients or clinical research questions. My students learn early on that this can be accomplished by: 1) understanding scientific methodology; 2) conceiving the research question; and 3) applying biostatistical terms and concepts used in medical research.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Maternal blood pressure mediates the association between maternal obesity and infant weight gain in early postpartum, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Exercise effects on arterial stiffness and heart health in children with excess weight: The SMART RCT., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Proportionality at birth and left ventricular hypertrophy in healthy adolescents, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Associations between muscle mass, physical activity and dietary behaviour in adolescents., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Inactive Matrix Gla Protein, Arterial Stiffness, and Endothelial Function in African American Hemodialysis Patients., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Dr. Norman Pollock's primary nutrition work focuses on the roles of vitamin K and vitamin K-dependent proteins on glucose regulation, lipoprotein metabolism and the inflammatory response, which may have implications for diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention. Dr. Pollock's research utilizes a broad range of study types from RCTs to feeding studies, cohort studies testing biomarkers and cross-sectional epidemiological studies, and he provides consultation on clinical trial design to other faculty members. He has established productive and supportive collaborations with colleagues in his field for which they have generated a noteworthy number of high-impact publications in the field of nutrition. Dr. Pollock's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association, and he has served as PI for several clinical trials in nutrition.

Department Service

  • Indirect Funds Distribution Program Commitee, Georgia Prevention Institute, Dept. of Medicine, Augusta University 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • Director, Georgia Prevention Institute's Bone and Body Composition Lab, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University 2016 - Present

University Service

  • Intramural Grants Program Review Committee, Augusta University 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • University Faculty Senate, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University 2010 - 2012

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • American Heart Association, Strategic Collaborative Grants and Renewal Grants (Study Section Member - Cardiovascular Disease and Nutrition) 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • American Heart Association, Oversight Advisory Committee, Children’s Strategical Focused Research Network 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Cogent Medicine 2016 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor
  • National Institutes of Health, Early Career Reviewer program, Center for Scientific Review 2012 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Grant Proposal
  • Pediatrics & Therapeutics 2011 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor

Public Service

  • University of Georgia, Department of Foods and Nutrition Seminar 2018

    Role: Guest Speaker
  • American Heart Association, Scientific Sessions Annual Meeting 2018, Strategically Focused Children’s Research Network Seminar 2018

    Role: Guest Speaker