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.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Medical Toxicology

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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. Sampognaro P, Vo KT, Richie M, Blanc PD, Keenan K. Bismuth Subgallate Toxicity in the Age of Online Supplement Use. Neurologist. 2017 Nov; 22(6):237-240.
  2. Schwartz DA, Vinnikov D, Blanc PD. Occupation and Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Meta-Analysis. J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Jun; 59(6):502-508.
  3. 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.
  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 Mar 01; 153(3):296-303.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 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. 2017 May; 17(5):1334-1345.
  7. 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.
  8. Vinnikov D, Blanc PD, Brimkulov N. Spirometry reference values for a Kyrgyz population. Clin Respir J. 2016 Aug 03.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. Blanc PD, Torén K. COPD and occupation: resetting the agenda. Occup Environ Med. 2016 06; 73(6):357-8.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 01; 192(11):1325-34.
  15. 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).
  16. 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.
  17. 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:S3-5.
  18. 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.
  19. 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:S39-47.
  20. 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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