Dr. Maximilian Polyak is a native of Southern California and earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California, attended graduate school at Cambridge University, and veterinary school at the University of Florida, where he undertook extensive training in aquatic animal medicine. He has practiced and taught marine animal medicine and conservation to veterinary and marine biology students in Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and Thailand.
Dr. Polyak is currently Director of Rehabilitation at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, FL, one of the busiest sea turtle hospitals in the world. He also serves on the Steering Committee of Sea Turtle Rescue Alliance, which will facilitate growth of and provide sea turtle rehabilitation facilities around the world with specialised veterinary expertise.
Dr. Polyak served as director of the organ transplant surgery units in the Colleges of Medicine at Cornell University and University of Florida, and as founding veterinarian and trustee of the Sea Turtle Hospital at the University of Florida. He is widely published in the veterinary and human medical literature, frequently serves as a consultant to biotech firms and is courtesy faculty in the surgery department at the School of Medicine at University of Florida. In his free time, he enjoys surfing and yoga.