Marc Polacco, MD

Dr. Marc Polacco


Dr. Marc Polacco grew up in Minnesota, where he attended Gustavus Adolphus College, receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Biology and Chemistry, as well as a minor in music. He then received a full-tuition scholarship to attend medical school at the University of Iowa, where he graduated with distinction in research and the humanities. During medical school he was one of a handful of students nationally who secured a research grant from the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and in his final year he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Polacco has great appreciation for the delicate balance of science and humanities in practicing the art of medicine.


Following medical school, he went on to complete a 5-year residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, one of the most competitive specialties, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. During his time at Dartmouth, he published numerous scientific articles and received the New England Otolaryngology Society resident research grant, an award given to only one resident annually among all in New England. After residency, he was selected amongst a nation-wide pool of some of the brightest young surgeons to be a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to perfecting surgical skills and the artistry of facial plastic surgery at UCSF, this environment allowed him to perform multiple clinical trials on the latest neuromodulators and research methods to optimize results with botulinum toxin treatments. Continuing to balance science with the humanities, during this time he and a Dartmouth colleague collaborated to launch a non-profit organization, the American Melanoma Institute, dedicated to education, research, and support of those diagnosed with melanoma as well as their loved ones.


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  • Medical Doctorate, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA    

  • Bachelor of Arts, Major: Biology and Chemistry, Minor: Music Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN

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  • Residency: Section of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

  • Fellowship: Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California San Francisco, CA

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  • Full tuition scholarship, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

  • Medical Doctorate with Distinction in Research and Humanities

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society research grant

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society