Paul Blanc, MSPH, MD

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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Board Certification

Medical Toxicology, American Board of Preventive Medicine

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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. 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 May 29.
  2. 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.
  3. Arjomandi M, Zeng S, Blanc PD, Gold WM. Increasing the Resolution of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Definition. Lessons from a Cohort with Remote but Extensive Exposure to Secondhand Tobacco Smoke. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2018 Apr; 15(Supplement_2):S122-S123.

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