Dr. Gregory Pokrywka, MD FACP FNLA NCMP
A board-Certified Internist from Baltimore/Towson, Md, Dr. Pokrywka attended Duke University, worked as a biochemist, attended University of Maryland Medical School and was Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Mercy Hospital, Baltimore. He has been in private practice since 1987 and formed the Baltimore Lipid Center in 2001. Dr. Pokrywka has further pursued his interest in Menopausal Lipidology through certification as a Credentialed Menopause Practitioner by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). He is a November 2005 Inaugural Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology ("Board Certified in Clinical Lipidology") and is one of a handful of U.S physicians double-certified in Menopause and Lipidology. In March of 2009 Dr. Pokrywka was elected by his peers to the honor of "Fellow of the National Lipid Assn" (FNLA), recognizing the excellence, innovation, and leadership of health professionals in the NLA with respect to Clinical Lipidology in private practice or academic settings. Fellowship is reserved for NLA members who have made significant regional and/or national contributions to the science and practice of Clinical Lipidology. Dr Pokrywka now serves as Assistant Professor for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2011, Dr Pokrywka obtained completed his DATA 2000 compliant buprenorphine training program, and regularly treats opiate abuse patients and in 2012 began participating in a multiple Clinical Trials as a Sub-Investigator.
Dr. Pokrywka is a member of the American Heart Association Council on Atherosclerosis, the National Lipid Association (NLA), the International and the European Atherosclerosis Societies, the American Society of Preventive Cardiology, the Androgen Excess and PCOS Society, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He participates enthusiastically in the Go Red for Women and WomenHeart campaigns to fight heart disease in women. He was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Southeast Lipid Assn., 2009-2012, serves on the Consumer Affairs Committee of the NLA, and the Professional Education Committee of NAMS. Lecturing nationwide since 2001, Dr. Pokrywka has conducted since 2004 over 100 lipid / lipoprotein educational programs / year. He has lectured in 42 states to Internists/FP's, Cardiologists, Ob/Gyns, Nurse Midwives, Physician's Assts. and Nurse Practitioners at hospital and medical school grand rounds, CME programs, national tele- and web-conferences and multiple other venues on "Aggressive Detection and Prevention of ASCVD in Insulin Resistant Women" and "Women's Menopausal Health." Other areas of interest include "Advanced Lipoprotein Testing", "Treatment of the Metabolic Syndrome", "HDL Cholesterol", "Cardiovascular Effects of Estrogen and Estrogen Receptor Modification", "Diabetic Dyslipidemia", PCOS and Cardiovascular Risk" and "Osteoporosis: Prevention and Treatment". Dr. Pokrywka serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, and Cardiology Review. In 2010 Dr. Pokrywka became the first NLA Fellow to offer both in-office Carotid IMT testing for the detection of subclinical atherosclerosis, as well as a CardioMetabolic Disease reduction / wellness program in partnership with Metagenics, Inc. ("FirstLine Therapy") and Board Certified Johns Hopkins Nutritionists. In 2011 Dr .Pokrywka completed a DATA 2000 compliant buprenorphine training program offered in Partnership with the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and began to see and treat patients in the First Step opiate abuse treatment program. In 2012 he began work as a Sub-Investigator in multiple clinical trials. Dr. Pokrywka serves on the National Lecture Bureaus of multiple pharmaceutical companies.
Non-medical activities include a lifelong participation in sports, including coaching recreational league basketball, the pursuit and study of reptiles and amphibians, and outdoor recreation (hiking, camping, sea kayaking, geocaching). He is the Co-Founder, President Emeritus and a current Board Member of MATTS, the Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society, Inc. His most recent passion is Polar Bear Super-Plunging (25 Plunges in 24 hours) in the January Chesapeake Bay, and other volunteer work for the Maryland Special Olympics, including hopefully a position on the MD Special Olympics Board of Directors.