Robert C. Block, M.D., M.P.H.

Robert C. Block, M.D., M.P.H.

Contact Information

Public Health Sciences
265 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-3356
Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Research Bio

Research: The primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease through public health measures and medical practice redesign as well as the investigation of pathophysiologic mechanisms by which disease develops. His sub-focus is the role of fatty acids and cardiovascular disease. Given his years of clinical practice, Dr. Block's research interests are quite broad. His research, however, focuses on the investigation of how nutrition affects the risk of cardiovascular disease. This interest is most intense regarding the role of fatty acids and their metabolites on heart disease risk, particularly in those with coronary artery disease.

He has completed a recent study of the relationship of blood levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and the risk of recurrent coronary artery events. He is interested in understanding the role of biomarkers, such as fatty acids, for clinical use as well as in helping to understand heart disease pathophysiology. He has published regarding the clinical use of measuring lipoprotein(a) in predicting risk of cardiovascular disease in different populations and regarding the need for an integrated approach to cardiovascular disease modification. He has an interest in the specific integrated approach termed the "Chronic Care Model" for clinical practice reform and how its proactive approach may be superior to current practice patterns.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Excellence in Research Incentive Program Award | University of Rochester 2013
Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation | University of Rochester 2013
Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation | University of Rochester | Rochester, NY 2011
Sandra Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease or Hypertension Epidemiology | American Heart Association 2008
Community Health Improvement Clerkship (CHIC) recognized as an innovative element of the curriculum. Dr. Block is Co-Director. 2008
Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Award Finalist | American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology & Prevention | Chicago, IL 2006
Fellow | American College of Physicians 2002
Dictator of the Year, Honorable Mention | Dartmouth Transcription Department 1997
Medical Student Research Award | Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society 1987
Scudder Association Scholarship for students involved in humanitarian work | Scudder Association 1987
Scudder Association Scholarship for students involved in humanitarian work | Scudder Association 1986

Recent Journal Articles

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2014 Oct
Schuchardt JP, Neubronner J, Block RC, Schacky CV, Hahn A. "Associations between Omega-3 Index increase and triacylglyceride decrease in subjects with hypertriglyceridemia in response to six month of EPA and DHA supplementation." Prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and essential fatty acids. 2014 Oct; 91(4):129-34. Epub 2014 Jul 23.
2014
Abdolahi A, Georas SN, Thomas Brenna J, Cai X, Thevenet-Morrison K, Phipps RP, Lawrence P, Mousa SA, Block RC. "The effects of aspirin and fish oil consumption on lysophosphatidylcholines and lysophosphatidic acids and their correlates with platelet aggregation in adults with diabetes mellitus." Prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and essential fatty acids. 2014 90(2-3):61-8. Epub 2013 Dec 18.
2014
Augustine AH, Lowenstein LM, Harris WS, Shearer GC, Block RC. "Treatment with omega-3 fatty acid ethyl-ester alters fatty acid composition of lipoproteins in overweight or obese adults with insulin resistance." Prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and essential fatty acids. 2014 90(2-3):69-75. Epub 2013 Dec 18.
2013 Sep 1
Block RC, Duron V, Creigh P, McIntosh S. "International service and public health learning objectives for medical students." Health education journal. 2013 Sep 1; 72(5):530-536.
2013 Jul
Block RC, Abdolahi A, Smith B, Meednu N, Thevenet-Morrison K, Cai X, Cui H, Mousa S, Thomas Brenna J, Georas S. "Effects of low-dose aspirin and fish oil on platelet function and NF-kappaB in adults with diabetes mellitus." Prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and essential fatty acids. 2013 Jul; 89(1):9-18. Epub 2013 May 07.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Medicine, Cardiology (SMD)
Associate Professor - Center for Community Health

Specialties

Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine

Education

Masters of Public Health | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry (First half completed at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)2006
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship | Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Biostatistics | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry2006
Certificate in Clinical Research | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry2006
MD | Medicine | University of Medicine and Dentistry at New Jersey1991
BA | Arts & Sciences | Cook College, Rutgers University1985

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Preventive Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center08/01/2004 - 07/31/2006
Residency in Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic (Rochester)07/01/1992 - 06/30/1995
Internship in Internal Medicine at Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies07/01/1991 - 06/30/1992