Attending Physician

Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • Summary

D. Brent Polk, MD, served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of The Saban Research Institute at CHLA. He also served as chair of pediatrics and vice dean for Child Health at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Dr. Polk previously was chief of the D. Brent Polk Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, director of the Digestive Disease Research Center and a tenured professor of Pediatrics and Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Ouachita University in Arkadelphia, Ark., and his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Clinical Interests

Digestive and nutritional diseases, inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

Education

Medical School: 

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Internship: 

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Childrens Hospital: Pediatrics

Residency: 

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Childrens Hospital: Pediatrics

Fellowship: 

Stanford University School of Medicine; Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Accomplishments

Certification: 

Pediatric Gastroenterology; American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships: 

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
American Pediatric Society (APS)
American Physiological Society (APS)
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN)
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
Association of American Physicians (AAP)
Council of Delegates, Intestinal Disorders Section of AGA
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
Gastroenterology Research Group (GRG)
North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN)
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCP-E)
Society for Pediatric Research (SPR)

Awards: 

American Gastroenterological Association Fellow, 2008
University of Arkansas College of Medicine, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2009
Grant W. Liddle Award, 2009
Who's Who in North American Education, 2012-2017
Council of Deans Fellows, Association of American Medical Colleges, 2014-2015
Shwachman Award, NASPGHAN, 2015
Mike Miller Memorial Award for Volunteer Excellence, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, 2016
University of Arkansas College of Medicine, Hall of Fame, 2016
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow Election, 2016
Association of American Physicians Election, 2017
Alpha Omega Alpha Election, 2017
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Fellow, 2017