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.

Research Funding

  • July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2025 - Northern California Educational Resource Center –Occupational Safety and Health Education Residency Training 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2025 , PI . Sponsor: NIOSH/CDC, Sponsor Award ID: T-42-OH008429-16 CDC/NIOSH
  • May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2023 - Preventive Medicine Residencies , PI . Sponsor: HRSA, Sponsor Award ID: D33HP31668
  • September 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022 - Rheumatoid Arthritis in Hard Rock Underground Miners , PI . Sponsor: Alpha Foundation, Sponsor Award ID: AFCTG20-98
  • January 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022 - Alpha Foundation Coal Mining Employment as a Risk Factor for Rheumatoid Arthritis 01/01/19 - 12/31/21 NCE to 6/30/22 , PI . Sponsor: Alpha Foundation, Sponsor Award ID: AFC618SP-88


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

Honors & Awards

  • 2011
    Elected Fellow, Collegium Ramazzini
  • 2011
    Snell Memorial Lecturer, British Respiratory Society Winter Meeting
  • 2012
    Occupational Health Nursing Hero Award, UCSF School of Nursing,
  • 2013
    Jarsolav Teisinger Medal, Society of Occupational Medicine of the Czech Medical Society
  • 2013-2014
    Mellon Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
  • 2016
    Honorary Doctorate, Sahlgrenska Medical Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2017
    Viseltear Prize, American Public Health Association, for “Outstanding Book on the History of Public Health.”
  • 2019
    Excellence in Education and Research in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Award, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • 2021
    Excellence in Interprofessional Teaching Award, UCSF Program for Interprofessional Practice and Education (PIPE) and the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators
  • 2022
    Rutherford T. Johnstone lecturer, Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association annual meeting

Selected Publications

  1. Seedahmed MI, Albirair MT, Whooley MA, Koth LL, Blanc PD, Arjomandi M. Screening for Exposure to Beryllium Among US Veterans With a Diagnosis of Sarcoidosis, 2002-2020. Chest. 2023 Jun 17.  View on PubMed
  2. Ronsmans S, Blanc PD. Colinet-Caplan Syndrome: History of an Outbreak of Autoimmune Disease in Scouring Powder Workers. Ann Intern Med. 2023 02; 176(2):260-265.  View on PubMed
  3. Garshick E, Blanc PD. Military deployment-related respiratory problems: an update. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2023 03 01; 29(2):83-89.  View on PubMed
  4. Falvo MJ, Sotolongo AM, Osterholzer JJ, Robertson MW, Kazerooni EA, Amorosa JK, Garshick E, Jones KD, Galvin JR, Kreiss K, Hines SE, Franks TJ, Miller RF, Rose CS, Arjomandi M, Krefft SD, Morris MJ, Polosukhin VV, Blanc PD, D'Armiento JM. Consensus Statements on Deployment-Related Respiratory Disease, Inclusive of Constrictive Bronchiolitis: A Modified Delphi Study. Chest. 2023 03; 163(3):599-609.  View on PubMed
  5. Trupin L, Schmajuk G, Ying D, Yelin E, Blanc PD. Response. Chest. 2022 Nov; 162(5):e288.  View on PubMed
  6. Jacobson MA, Hart C, Huen W, Suarez Guardado G, Villanueva A, Whitman J, Blanc PD. A Rapid Nucleic Acid Amplification Test-Based, Conditional Release-to-Work Policy for Health Care Personnel With Symptoms Consistent With COVID-19. J Occup Environ Med. 2023 02 01; 65(2):125-127.  View on PubMed
  7. Blanc PD, Trupin L, Yelin EH, Schmajuk G. Assessment of Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis Among Underground Hard Rock and Other Mining Industry Workers in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 10 03; 5(10):e2236738.  View on PubMed
  8. Kaul B, Lee JS, Glidden DV, Blanc PD, Zhang N, Collard HR, Whooley MA. Agent Orange Exposure and Risk of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis among U.S. Veterans. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2022 09 15; 206(6):750-757.  View on PubMed
  9. Gandhi SA, Welch TJ, Jones KD, Cummings KJ, Styles L, Blanc PD, Harrison RJ. Rare case of occupational pulmonary hemorrhage in a firefighter. Respir Med Case Rep. 2022; 39:101722.  View on PubMed
  10. Blanc PD, Balmes JR, Redlich C. Occupational Exposures in Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Pulmonary Disease. Chest. 2022 08; 162(2):e106-e107.  View on PubMed
  11. Kiok M, Guntur S, Blanc PD, Lozato O, Domingo G, Kosnik R, Ugbaja CE, Chan N, Ramos A, Domeracki S. Increased Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Hotline Utilization During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Unexpected Phenomenon. Workplace Health Saf. 2022 Jun; 70(6):278-284.  View on PubMed
  12. Blanc PD. Becoming disenthralled with our conventional understanding of occupational lung disease. Respirology. 2022 06; 27(6):383-384.  View on PubMed
  13. Trupin L, Schmajuk G, Ying D, Yelin E, Blanc PD. Military Service and COPD Risk. Chest. 2022 10; 162(4):792-795.  View on PubMed
  14. Kolaitis NA, Gao Y, Soong A, Greenland JR, Hays SR, Golden JA, Venado A, Leard LE, Shah RJ, Kleinhenz ME, Katz PP, Kukreja J, Blanc PD, Smith PJ, Singer JP. Depressive symptoms in lung transplant recipients: trajectory and association with mortality and allograft dysfunction. Thorax. 2022 09; 77(9):891-899.  View on PubMed
  15. Torén K, Naidoo RN, Blanc PD. Pneumococcal pneumonia on the job: Uncovering the past story of occupational exposure to metal fumes and dust. Am J Ind Med. 2022 07; 65(7):517-524.  View on PubMed
  16. Torén K, Blanc PD, Naidoo R, Murgia N, Stockfelt L, Schiöler L. Cumulative occupational exposure to inorganic dust and fumes and invasive pneumococcal disease with pneumonia. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2022 10; 95(8):1797-1804.  View on PubMed
  17. Torén K, Blanc PD, Murgia N, Stockfelt L, Schiöler L. Inhaled Corticosteroid Use and Invasive Pneumococcal Pneumonia. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022 02; 19(2):327-329.  View on PubMed
  18. Lopez A, Kosnik R, Blanc PD, Taylor BR, Guntur S. Testing for SARS-CoV-2 in Symptomatic Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Health Care Workers During the Delta Variant Surge. J Occup Environ Med. 2022 02 01; 64(2):179-181.  View on PubMed
  19. Barnes H, Jones K, Blanc P. The hidden history of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Eur Respir J. 2022 01; 59(1).  View on PubMed
  20. Schmajuk G, Trupin L, Yelin EH, Blanc PD. Dusty trades and associated rheumatoid arthritis in a population-based study in the coal mining counties of Appalachia. Occup Environ Med. 2022 05; 79(5):308-314.  View on PubMed

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