University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Paul D. Blanc, MD, MSPH

Paul D. Blanc, MD, MSPH

Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Affiliate Member

Research Summary

My research program focuses primarily on the epidemiology and toxicology of the pulmonary system, with additional research work on injury epidemiology (including poisoning and drug overdose) and on the history of occupational health. My research program has been composed of two principal components: (1) examining the etiologic burden and outcomes of lung disease, with an emphasis on interactions between workplace exposures and disease severity; and (2) epidemiologic and controlled human exposure studies of toxin and drug exposure effects. Outcomes in adult asthma, COPD, and interstitial disease comprise the principal thrust of these research efforts.

Education

Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, BA, 1974, Liberal Arts
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA MSPH, 1977, Industrial Hygiene
Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx, NY, MD, 1982, Medicine


Professional Experience

  • 1976
    Industrial Hygiene Trainee, Shell Oil Company, New Orleans
  • 1978
    Research Intern, California Public Policy Center, Los Angeles
  • 1982-1985
    Internal and Occupational Medicine, Cook County Hospital, Chicago
  • 1985-1987
    Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
  • 1987-1988
    Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, Israel
  • 1988-1989
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF
  • 1989-1994
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF
  • 1994-2000
    Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF
  • 2000-present
    Professor of Medicine, UCSF
  • 2001-present
    Endowed Chair, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1975-1977
    NIOSH Training Grant, Harvard School of Public Health
  • 1985-1987
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar
  • 1987-1988
    Fulbright Award, Senior Research Fellow
  • 1989-1991
    Research Award, American Lung Association of California Research Fund
  • 1990-1993
    Special Emphasis Research Career Award, NIOSH (CDC)
  • 1991-1994
    New Investigator Award, UC Tobacco Related Diseases Research Program
  • 1998
    Burroughs Wellcome Travel Award
  • 1999
    Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellow
  • 2002
    Visiting Scholar, American Academy in Rome
  • 2005
    Dozer Visiting Professor, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel
  • 2007
    Jubilee Medal recipient, Swedish Medical Society, Section of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Selected Publications

  1. Domeracki SJ, Landman Z, Blanc PD, Guntur S. Off the Courts: Occupational "Tennis Leg". Workplace Health Saf. 2018 Aug 30; 2165079918786294.
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  2. Goodnough R, Li K, Fouladkou F, Lynch KL, Shah M, Smollin CG, Blanc PD. Notes from the Field: Toxic Leukoencephalopathy Associated with Tianeptine Misuse - California, 2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2018 Jul 13; 67(27):769-770.
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  3. Shitrit D, Adir Y, Avriel A, King D, Epstein Shochet G, Guber A, Schnaer S, Kassirer M, Blanc PD, Abramovich A. EBUS-TBNA is Sufficient for Successful Diagnosis of Silicosis with Mediastinal Lymphadenopathy. Lung. 2018 May 29.
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  4. Arjomandi M, Zeng S, Geerts J, Stiner RK, Bos B, van Koeverden I, Keene J, Elicker B, Blanc PD, Gold WM. Lung volumes identify an at-risk group in persons with prolonged secondhand tobacco smoke exposure but without overt airflow obstruction. BMJ Open Respir Res. 2018; 5(1):e000284.
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  5. Arjomandi M, Zeng S, Blanc PD, Gold WM. Increasing the Resolution of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Definition. Lessons from a Cohort with Remote but Extensive Exposure to Secondhand Tobacco Smoke. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2018 Apr; 15(Supplement_2):S122-S123.
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  6. Lytras T, Kogevinas M, Kromhout H, Carsin AE, Antó JM, Bentouhami H, Weyler J, Heinrich J, Nowak D, Urrutia I, Martinez-Moratalla J, Gullón JA, Pereira-Vega A, Raherison-Semjen C, Pin I, Demoly P, Leynaert B, Villani S, Gislason T, Svanes C, Holm M, Forsberg B, Norbäck D, Mehta AJ, Probst-Hensch N, Benke G, Jogi R, Torén K, Sigsgaard T, Schlünssen V, Olivieri M, Blanc PD, Vermeulen R, Garcia-Aymerich J, Jarvis D, Zock JP. Occupational exposures and 20-year incidence of COPD: the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. Thorax. 2018 Mar 24.
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  7. Kolaitis NA, Soong A, Shrestha P, Zhuo H, Neuhaus J, Katz PP, Greenland JR, Golden J, Leard LE, Shah RJ, Hays SR, Kukreja J, Kleinhenz ME, Blanc PD, Singer JP. Improvement in patient-reported outcomes after lung transplantation is not impacted by the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a bridge to transplantation. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Feb 22.
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  8. Sampognaro P, Vo KT, Richie M, Blanc PD, Keenan K. Bismuth Subgallate Toxicity in the Age of Online Supplement Use. Neurologist. 2017 Nov; 22(6):237-240.
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  9. Vandenplas O, Vinnikov D, Blanc PD, Agache I, Bachert C, Bewick M, Cardell LO, Cullinan P, Demoly P, Descatha A, Fonseca J, Haahtela T, Hellings PW, Jamart J, Jantunen J, Kalayci Ö, Price D, Samolinski B, Sastre J, Tian L, Valero AL, Zhang X, Bousquet J. Impact of Rhinitis on Work Productivity: A Systematic Review. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2017 Oct 07.
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  10. Schwartz DA, Vinnikov D, Blanc PD. Occupation and Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Meta-Analysis. J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Jun; 59(6):502-508.
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  11. Blanc PD. The early history of manganese and the recognition of its neurotoxicity, 1837-1936. Neurotoxicology. 2018 Jan; 64:5-11.
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  12. Vinnikov D, Blanc PD, Alilin A, Zutler M, Holty JC. Fatigue and sleepiness determine respiratory quality of life among veterans evaluated for sleep apnea. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2017 Mar 14; 15(1):48.
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  13. Garrett GL, Blanc PD, Boscardin J, Lloyd AA, Ahmed RL, Anthony T, Bibee K, Breithaupt A, Cannon J, Chen A, Cheng JY, Chiesa-Fuxench Z, Colegio OR, Curiel-Lewandrowski C, Del Guzzo CA, Disse M, Dowd M, Eilers R, Ortiz AE, Morris C, Golden SK, Graves MS, Griffin JR, Hopkins RS, Huang CC, Bae GH, Jambusaria A, Jennings TA, Jiang SI, Karia PS, Khetarpal S, Kim C, Klintmalm G, Konicke K, Koyfman SA, Lam C, Lee P, Leitenberger JJ, Loh T, Lowenstein S, Madankumar R, Moreau JF, Nijhawan RI, Ochoa S, Olasz EB, Otchere E, Otley C, Oulton J, Patel PH, Patel VA, Prabhu AV, Pugliano-Mauro M, Schmults CD, Schram S, Shih AF, Shin T, Soon S, Soriano T, Srivastava D, Stein JA, Sternhell-Blackwell K, Taylor S, Vidimos A, Wu P, Zajdel N, Zelac D, Arron ST. Incidence of and Risk Factors for Skin Cancer in Organ Transplant Recipients in the United States. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Mar 01; 153(3):296-303.
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  14. Rosengarten D, Fox BD, Fireman E, Blanc PD, Rusanov V, Fruchter O, Raviv Y, Shtraichman O, Saute M, Kramer MR. Survival following lung transplantation for artificial stone silicosis relative to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Am J Ind Med. 2017 Mar; 60(3):248-254.
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  15. Singer JP, Katz PP, Soong A, Shrestha P, Huang D, Ho J, Mindo M, Greenland JR, Hays SR, Golden J, Kukreja J, Kleinhenz ME, Shah RJ, Blanc PD. Effect of Lung Transplantation on Health-Related Quality of Life in the Era of the Lung Allocation Score: A U.S. Prospective Cohort Study. Am J Transplant. 2017 May; 17(5):1334-1345.
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  16. Vinnikov D, Blanc PD, Brimkulov N. Spirometry reference values for a Kyrgyz population. Clin Respir J. 2018 Feb; 12(2):826-828.
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  17. Vinnikov D, Khafagy A, Blanc PD, Brimkulov N, Steinmaus C. High-altitude alpine therapy and lung function in asthma: systematic review and meta-analysis. ERJ Open Res. 2016 Apr; 2(2).
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  18. Blanc PD, Torén K. COPD and occupation: resetting the agenda. Occup Environ Med. 2016 06; 73(6):357-8.
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  19. Blanc PD, Seaton A. Pneumoconiosis Redux. Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis and Silicosis Are Still a Problem. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 Mar 15; 193(6):603-5.
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  20. Katz P, Iribarren C, Sanchez G, Blanc PD. Obesity and Functioning Among Individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD. 2016 Jun; 13(3):352-9.
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