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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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 Jan 11.
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  5. 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. The 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. 2016 Oct 15.
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  6. Carek PJ, Malaty J, Dietrich E, Lombardi J, Porter M, Blanc P, Samraj G. Addressing Hospital Readmissions: Impact of Weekly Review. Fam Med. 2016 Sep; 48(8):638-41.
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  7. Vinnikov D, Blanc PD, Brimkulov N. Spirometry reference values for a Kyrgyz population. Clin Respir J. 2016 Aug 03.
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  8. 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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  9. Ozrazgat-Baslanti T, Blanc P, Thottakkara P, Ruppert M, Rashidi P, Momcilovic P, Hobson C, Efron PA, Moore FA, Bihorac A. Preoperative assessment of the risk for multiple complications after surgery. Surgery. 2016 Aug; 160(2):463-72.
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  10. Blanc PD, Torén K. COPD and occupation: resetting the agenda. Occup Environ Med. 2016 Jun; 73(6):357-8.
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Singer JP, Diamond JM, Gries CJ, McDonnough J, Blanc PD, Shah R, Dean MY, Hersh B, Wolters PJ, Tokman S, Arcasoy SM, Ramphal K, Greenland JR, Smith N, Heffernan P, Shah L, Shrestha P, Golden JA, Blumenthal NP, Huang D, Sonett J, Hays S, Oyster M, Katz PP, Robbins H, Brown M, Leard LE, Kukreja J, Bacchetta M, Bush E, D'Ovidio F, Rushefski M, Raza K, Christie JD, Lederer DJ. Frailty Phenotypes, Disability, and Outcomes in Adult Candidates for Lung Transplantation. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015 Dec 1; 192(11):1325-34.
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  14. Adhikari A, Sahu S, Bandyopadhyay A, Blanc PD, Moitra S. Fungal contamination of the respiratory tract and associated respiratory impairment among sawmill workers in India. ERJ Open Res. 2015 Oct; 1(2).
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  15. Vinnikov D, Blanc PD, Steinmaus C. Is Smoking a Predictor for Acute Mountain Sickness? Findings From a Meta-Analysis. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 Jun; 18(6):1509-16.
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  16. Rosental PA, Rosner D, Blanc PD. From silicosis to silica hazards: An experiment in medicine, history, and the social sciences. Am J Ind Med. 2015 Nov; 58 Suppl 1:3-5.
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  17. Malo JL, Tarlo SM, Sastre J, Martin J, Jeebhay MF, Le Moual N, Heederik D, Platts-Mills T, Blanc PD, Vandenplas O, Moscato G, de Blay F, Cartier A. An official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report: presentations and discussion of the fifth Jack Pepys Workshop on Asthma in the Workplace. Comparisons between asthma in the workplace and non-work-related asthma. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 Jul; 12(7):S99-S110.
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  18. Blanc PD. "Acute" silicosis at the 1930 Johannesburg Conference on silicosis and in its aftermath: Controversies over a distinct entity later recognized as silicoproteinosis. Am J Ind Med. 2015 Nov; 58 Suppl 1:39-47.
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  19. Shtraichman O, Blanc PD, Ollech JE, Fridel L, Fuks L, Fireman E, Kramer MR. Outbreak of autoimmune disease in silicosis linked to artificial stone. Occup Med (Lond). 2015 Aug; 65(6):444-50.
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  20. Kern RM, Singer JP, Koth L, Mooney J, Golden J, Hays S, Greenland J, Wolters P, Ghio E, Jones KD, Leard L, Kukreja J, Blanc PD. Lung transplantation for hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Chest. 2015 Jun; 147(6):1558-65.
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