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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.


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.

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


Cook County Hospital, Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine 1985


UCSF Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars 1987

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Paulin LM, Diette GB, Blanc PD, Putcha N, Eisner MD, Kanner RE, Belli AJ, Christenson S, Tashkin DP, Han M, Barr RG, Hansel NN. Occupational exposures are associated with worse morbidity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015 Mar 1; 191(5):557-65.
  2. Mullen K, Gillen M, Kools S, Blanc P. Hospital nurses working wounded: Motivations and obstacles to return to work as experienced by nurses with injuries. Work. 2015 Jan 1; 50(2):295-304.
  3. Bissell DM, Lai JC, Meister RK, Blanc PD. Role of Delta-aminolevulinic Acid in the Symptoms of Acute Porphyria. Am J Med. 2015 Mar; 128(3):313-7.
  4. Moitra S, Blanc PD, Brashier BB. Airflow obstruction among street vendors who refill cigarette lighters with liquefied petroleum gas. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2014 Sep; 18(9):1126-31.
  5. MacIsaac JK, Gerona RR, Blanc PD, Apatira L, Friesen MW, Coppolino M, Janssen S. Health care worker exposures to the antibacterial agent triclosan. J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Aug; 56(8):834-9.
  6. Vinnikov D, Brimkulov N, Krasotski V, Redding-Jones R, Blanc PD. Risk factors for occupational acute mountain sickness. Occup Med (Lond). 2014 Oct; 64(7):483-9.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Blanc PD. Illness in returned travelers. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Jun 18; 158(12):924.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

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