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Paul Blanc, M.S.P.H., M.D.

Occupational lung disease specialist

Dr. Paul Blanc is chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and an expert in occupational medicine, internal medicine and medical toxicology. His research addresses asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in relation to the workplace and environmental factors as well as occupational and environmental toxicology, particularly in regards to the lung. He's the author of the book, How Everyday Products Make People Sick (UC Press).

Blanc earned a medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed a master's degree in public health in industrial hygiene at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a former Robert Wood Johnson clinical scholar and a Fulbright senior research fellow. He is a professor of medicine at UCSF. He is also a consulting physician with the California Poison Control System, San Francisco Division.

Clinics

Pulmonary Practice at Parnassus
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0359
Phone: (415) 353-2961
Fax: (415) 353-2568

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

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Additional Languages

Hebrew
Spanish

Education

Harvard School of Public Health 1978
Albert Einstein School of Medicine 1982

Residencies

Cook County Hospital, Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine 1985

Fellowships

UCSF Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars 1987

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Kern RM, Seethamraju H, Blanc PD, Sinha N, Loebe M, Golden J, Kukreja J, Scheinin S, Hays S, Kleinhenz ME, Leard L, Hoopes C, Singer JP. The Feasibility of Lung Transplantation in HIV-Seropositive Patients. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2014 Jul; 11(6):882-9.
  2. Balmes JR, Cisternas M, Quinlan PJ, Trupin L, Lurmann FW, Katz PP, Blanc PD. Annual average ambient particulate matter exposure estimates, measured home particulate matter, and hair nicotine are associated with respiratory outcomes in adults with asthma. Environ Res. 2014 Feb; 129:1-10.
  3. Singer JP, Blanc PD, Dean YM, Hays S, Leard L, Kukreja J, Golden J, Katz PP. Development and validation of a lung transplant-specific disability questionnaire. Thorax. 2014 May; 69(5):445-50.
  4. Vinnikov D, Blanc PD, Brimkulov N, Redding-Jones R. Five-Year Lung Function Observations and Associations With a Smoking Ban Among Healthy Miners at High Altitude (4000 m). J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Dec; 55(12):1421-5.
  5. Omland O, Würtz ET, Aasen TB, Blanc P, Brisman JB, Miller MR, Pedersen OF, Schlünssen V, Sigsgaard T, Ulrik CS, Viskum S. Occupational chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic literature review. Scand J Work Environ Health. 2014 Jan 1; 40(1):19-35.
  6. Le Moual N, Carsin AE, Siroux V, Radon K, Norback D, Torén K, Olivieri M, Urrutia I, Cazzoletti L, Jacquemin B, Benke G, Kromhout H, Mirabelli MC, Mehta AJ, Schlünssen V, Sigsgaard T, Blanc PD, Kogevinas M, Antó JM, Zock JP. Occupational exposures and uncontrolled adult-onset asthma in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey II. Eur Respir J. 2014 Feb; 43(2):374-86.
  7. Omachi TA, Gregorich SE, Eisner MD, Penaloza RA, Tolstykh IV, Yelin EH, Iribarren C, Dudley RA, Blanc PD. Risk adjustment for health care financing in chronic disease: what are we missing by failing to account for disease severity? Med Care. 2013 Aug; 51(8):740-7.
  8. Blanc PD. Illness in returned travelers. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Jun 18; 158(12):924.
  9. Fishwick D, Darby A, Hnizdo E, Barber C, Sumner J, Barraclough R, Bolton C, Burge S, Calverley P, Hopkinson N, Hoyle J, Lawson R, Niven R, Pickering T, Prowse K, Reid P, Warburton C, Blanc PD. COPD causation and workplace exposures: an assessment of agreement among expert clinical raters. COPD. 2013 Apr; 10(2):172-9.
  10. Moitra S, Blanc PD, Sahu S. Adverse respiratory effects associated with cadmium exposure in small-scale jewellery workshops in India. Thorax. 2013 Jun; 68(6):565-70.
  11. Kim JL, Blanc PD, Villani S, Olivieri M, Urrutia I, van Sprundel M, Storaas T, Le Moual N, Zock JP, Torén K. Predictors of respiratory sickness absence: an international population-based study. Am J Ind Med. 2013 May; 56(5):541-9.
  12. Singer JP, Chen J, Blanc PD, Leard LE, Kukreja J, Chen H. A thematic analysis of quality of life in lung transplant: the existing evidence and implications for future directions. Am J Transplant. 2013 Apr; 13(4):839-50.
  13. Blanc PD, Quinlan PJ, Katz PP, Balmes JR, Trupin L, Cisternas MG, Wymer L, Vesper SJ. Higher environmental relative moldiness index values measured in homes of adults with asthma, rhinitis, or both conditions. Environ Res. 2013 Apr; 122:98-101.
  14. Gordon B, Moshe S, Blanc PD, Derazne E, Tzur D, Afek A, Shamiss A. The association between occupation and the incidence of knee disorders in young military recruits. Mil Med. 2013 Jan; 178(1):61-7.
  15. Trupin L, Katz PP, Balmes JR, Chen H, Yelin EH, Omachi T, Blanc PD. Mediators of the socioeconomic gradient in outcomes of adult asthma and rhinitis. Am J Public Health. 2013 Feb; 103(2):e31-8.
  16. Redlich CA, Blanc PD, Gulati M, Kuschner WG. Lung diseases associated with occupational and environmental exposures subsume a wide spectrum of conditions. Clin Chest Med. 2012 Dec; 33(4):xi-xii.
  17. Dinicola G, Julian L, Gregorich SE, Blanc PD, Katz PP. The role of social support in anxiety for persons with COPD. J Psychosom Res. 2013 Feb; 74(2):110-5.
  18. Roubinian N, Elliott CG, Barnett CF, Blanc PD, Chen J, De Marco T, Chen H. Effects of commercial air travel on patients with pulmonary hypertension air travel and pulmonary hypertension. Chest. 2012 Oct; 142(4):885-92.
  19. Fireman E, Shai AB, Lerman Y, Topilsky M, Blanc PD, Maier L, Li L, Chandra S, Abraham JM, Fomin I, Aviram G, Abraham JL. Chest wall shrapnel-induced beryllium-sensitization and associated pulmonary disease. Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis. 2012 Oct; 29(2):147-50.
  20. Omachi TA, Sarkar U, Yelin EH, Blanc PD, Katz PP. Lower health literacy is associated with poorer health status and outcomes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Jan; 28(1):74-81.

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