Professor Paul Blanc

Professor Paul Blanc

Professor Paul Blanc

Professor Paul Blanc

University of California San Francisco USA
The past as prologue: how the history of occupational illness and injury teaches us about today

Dr Paul D. Blanc MD MSPH is Professor of Medicine, holding the Endowed Chair in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, where he has been on faculty since 1988.

Dr Blanc received his BA from Goddard College (Vermont), where he first became interested in occupational health, later training at the Harvard School of Public Health (in industrial hygiene), the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, and Cook County Hospital Chicago (in a joint Occupational Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency). He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCSF (1985-7); a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev (1987-8); and later a resident scholar at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center and also at the American Academy in Rome.

In 2013-4, he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford University). In 2016, Dr Blanc received an Honorary Doctorate from the Sahlgrenska Medical Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden. Blanc has authored numerous scholarly publications. He is the author of Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon, receiving the APHA’s Viseltear Prize for “Outstanding Book on the History of Public Health” in 2017.

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