Dr. Polisar completed a medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Meidcine and residency in Brown University's family practice program.
Dr. Polisar was a staff physician from 1991 to 1999 at Blackstone Valley Community Health Care in Central Falls, RI, a one-mile square community of mostly Latino immigrants. There, he helped coordinate a newly established outpatient training site for one quarter of Brown's family medicine residents, and served as part-time clinical faculty and preceptor for the department. Additionally he served as medical director of the health center, a federally Section 330-funded organization, which included a school-based health center at a local high school. He joined Montefiore Einstein as a faculty member in 1999.
Dr. Mark Polisar is currently based at the Williamsbridge site, where he sees family medicine patients. He coordinates the Williamsbridge Task Force (an interdisciplinary group that helps with the oversight of processes and workflows at the health center).
Dr. Polisar precepts residents and serves as the site coordinator for the 3rd-year family medicine medical student clerkship and 4th-year medical student family medicine ambulatory elective.
Dr. Polisar's teaching interests include:
- Primary Care for the underserved
- Clinical administration of community health centers
- Integration of residency education into community health centers
- Optimal use of the EMR for use in patient care in the outpatient setting
Dr. Polisar coordinates the Williamsbridge CATCH Initiative (Collective Action to Transform Community Health), a community intervention in the Williamsbridge area with the intent to improve the health and nutritional options for patients at high risk for sequelae of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia.
Dr. Polisar is the chair of the Montefiore Medical Group Peer Review Committee, participates in related quality improvement for Montefiore Medical Group, and participates on several committees to help with the transition from cEMR to EPIC.
Dr. Polisar is interested in community intervention for patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease.