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. Kolaitis NA, Calabrese DR, Ahearn P, Venado A, Florez R, Lei HL, Isaak K, Henricksen E, Martinez E, Chong T, Shah RJ, Leard LE, Kleinhenz ME, Golden J, De Marco T, Greenland JR, Kukreja J, Hays SR, Blanc PD, Singer JP. Tacrolimus trough monitoring guided by mass spectrometry without accounting for assay differences is associated with acute kidney injury in lung transplant recipients. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2019 Nov 07.
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  2. Blanc PD. What has been done will be done again. Respirology. 2019 Oct 30.
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  3. Shahbaz M, Blanc PD, Domeracki SJ, Guntur S. Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA): An Occupational Case Report. Workplace Health Saf. 2019 Sep 20; 2165079919875161.
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  4. Schmajuk G, Trupin L, Yelin E, Blanc PD. Prevalence of Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis in Coal Mining Counties of the United States. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2019 Sep; 71(9):1209-1215.
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  5. Garshick E, Abraham JH, Baird CP, Ciminera P, Downey GP, Falvo MJ, Hart JE, Jackson DA, Jerrett M, Kuschner W, Helmer DA, Jones KD, Krefft SD, Mallon T, Miller RF, Morris MJ, Proctor SP, Redlich CA, Rose CS, Rull RP, Saers J, Schneiderman AI, Smith NL, Yiallouros P, Blanc PD. Respiratory Health after Military Service in Southwest Asia and Afghanistan. An Official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2019 Aug; 16(8):e1-e16.
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  6. Blanc PD, Redlich CA. Reply to: Occupational Burden in Chronic Respiratory Disease: Call for Recognition, Training and Data Capture. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2019 Jul 25.
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  7. Blanc PD, Annesi-Maesano I, Balmes JR, Cummings KJ, Fishwick D, Miedinger D, Murgia N, Naidoo RN, Reynolds CJ, Sigsgaard T, Torén K, Vinnikov D, Redlich CA. The Occupational Burden of Nonmalignant Respiratory Diseases. An Official American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society Statement. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2019 Jun 01; 199(11):1312-1334.
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  8. Greenland JR, Wang P, Brotman JJ, Ahuja R, Chong TA, Kleinhenz ME, Leard LE, Golden JA, Hays SR, Kukreja J, Singer JP, Rajalingam R, Jones K, Laszik ZG, Trivedi NN, Greenland NY, Blanc PD. Gene signatures common to allograft rejection are associated with lymphocytic bronchitis. Clin Transplant. 2019 May; 33(5):e13515.
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  9. Venado A, McCulloch C, Greenland JR, Katz P, Soong A, Shrestha P, Hays S, Golden J, Shah R, Leard LE, Kleinhenz ME, Kukreja J, Zablotska L, Allen IE, Covinsky K, Blanc P, Singer JP. Frailty trajectories in adult lung transplantation: A cohort study. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2019 Jul; 38(7):699-707.
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  10. Lytras T, Kogevinas M, Kromhout H, Carsin AE, Antó JM, Bentouhami H, Weyler J, Heinrich J, Nowak D, Urrutia I, Martínez-Moratalla J, Gullón JA, Vega AP, Raherison Semjen C, Pin I, Demoly P, Leynaert B, Villani S, Gíslason T, Svanes Ø, 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, Watkins J, Bono R, Buist AS, Vermeulen R, Jarvis D, Zock JP. Occupational exposures and incidence of chronic bronchitis and related symptoms over two decades: the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. Occup Environ Med. 2019 Apr; 76(4):222-229.
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  11. Paulin LM, Smith BM, Koch A, Han M, Hoffman EA, Martinez C, Ejike C, Blanc PD, Rous J, Barr RG, Peters SP, Paine R, Pirozzi C, Cooper CB, Dransfield MT, Comellas AP, Kanner RE, Drummond MB, Putcha N, Hansel NN. Occupational Exposures and Computed Tomographic Imaging Characteristics in the SPIROMICS Cohort. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2018 12; 15(12):1411-1419.
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  12. Gajic S, Callahan EC, Brown JK, Elicker B, Ley B, Blanc PD. Pulmonary toxicity associated with pomalidomide. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2018 11 01; 22(11):1383-1386.
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  13. Torén K, Andersson M, Olin AC, Blanc PD, Järvholm B. Airflow limitation classified with the fixed ratio or the lower limit of normal and cause-specific mortality - A prospective study. Respir Med. 2018 11; 144:36-41.
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  14. Domeracki SJ, Landman Z, Blanc PD, Guntur S. Off the Courts: Occupational "Tennis Leg". Workplace Health Saf. 2019 Jan; 67(1):5-8.
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  15. 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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  16. Fell AKM, Svendsen MV, Kim JL, Abrahamsen R, Henneberger PK, Torén K, Blanc PD, Kongerud J. Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke and respiratory symptoms in non-smoking adults: cross-sectional data from the general population of Telemark, Norway. BMC Public Health. 2018 07 06; 18(1):843.
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  17. 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 08; 196(4):441-445.
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  18. 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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  19. 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 11; 73(11):1008-1015.
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  20. 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 07; 156(1):440-448.e2.
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