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

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 341-7800

Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Office: (585) 275-3356

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Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Setting

Cardiology

Biography

Dr. Robert Block specializes in the care of patients with hyperlipidemia. His expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of patients with complex lipid disorders and familial cholesterol diseases. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, and also in Clinical Lipidology.

Research

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.

Credentials

Specialties

  • Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine

Education

1991
MD | UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

2006
MPH | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/2004 - 07/31/2006
Fellowship in Preventive Cardiology at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1992 - 06/30/1995
Residency in Internal Medicine at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine-Mayo Foundation

07/01/1991 - 06/30/1992
Internship in Internal Medicine at Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies

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Awards

2020
University of Rochester Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation for providing exceptional service

2019
University of Rochester Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation for providing exceptional service

2017
University of Rochester Strong Star Award Certificate
Location: University of Rochester Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation

2016
University of Rochester Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation for providing exceptional service
Location: University of Rochester

2015
University of Rochester Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation for providing exceptional service and
Location: University of Rochester

2015
University of Rochester Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation for providing exceptional service and

2014
University of Rochester Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation for providing exceptional service and
Location: University of Rochester

2014
University of Rochester Office of Human Subjects Protection-Quality Improvement Program Gold Star Human
Location: University of Rochester

2013
University of Rochester Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation for providing exceptional service and
Location: University of Rochester

2013
Excellence in Research Incentive Program Award from the University of Rochester.
Location: University of Rochester

2013
Excellence in Research Incentive Program Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester

2013
Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation
Location: University of Rochester

2011
Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY

2011
University of Rochester Star Certificate of Appreciation for providing exceptional service and displaying compassion and respect
Location: University of Rochester

201
Star Award Certificate
Sponsor: University of Rochester

2008
Community Health Improvement Clerkship (CHIC) recognized as an innovative element of the curriculum. Dr. Block is Co-Director.

2008
Sandra Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease or Hypertension Epidemiology
Sponsor: American Heart Association

2006
Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Award Finalist
Sponsor: American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology & Prevention
Location: Chicago, IL

2002 - Present
Fellow
Sponsor: American College of Physicians

1997
Dictator of the Year, Honorable Mention
Sponsor: Dartmouth Transcription Department

1987
Medical Student Research Award
Sponsor: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

1987
Scudder Association Scholarship for students involved in humanitarian work
Sponsor: Scudder Association

1986
Scudder Association Scholarship for students involved in humanitarian work
Sponsor: Scudder Association


Multiple Dean's List Honors
Location: Rutgers University


Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (KL2)Scholar


Fellow
Location: National Lipid Association

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Publications

Journal Articles

6/8/2020
Mintz JJ, Jones CMC, Seplaki CL, Rizzone KH, Thevenet-Morrison K, Block RC. "Track and Field Injuries Resulting in Emergency Department Visits from 2004 through 2015: An Analysis of the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System." The Physician and sportsmedicine.. 2020 Jun 8; Epub 2020 Jun 08.

2020
Hendricks-Sturrup, R.M.; Clark-LoCascio, J.; Lu, C., Block, R. C. (Acknowledged). "A Global Review on the Utility of Genetic Testing for Familial Hypercholesterolemia" . Journal of Personalized Medicine. 2020; .

2020
Holub, A.; Mousa, S.; Abdolahi, A.; Godugu, K.; Tu, X.; Brenna, T.; Block, R. "The Effects of Aspirin and N-3 Fatty Acids on Telomerase Activity in Adults with Diabetes Mellitus." Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases. 2020; .

Books & Chapters

2013
Chapter Title: Angiogenesis Modulations in Health and Disease
Book Title: Angiogenesis Modulation by Arachidonic
Author List: Block RC, Yalcin M, Srinivasan M, Georas S, Mousa SA.
Published By: Springer Science+Business Media 2013 in Dordrecht

2012
Book Title: "Hyperlipidemia". Manual of Outpatient Cardiology
Author List: Woolf K, Connell R, Block R
Edited By: John Bisognano, G. Ronald Beck, Ryan W. Connell
Published By: Springer-Verlag 2012 in London

2009
Chapter Title: The Prevention of Ischemic Heart Disease
Book Title: Rochester Heart Failure Book
Author List: Sherazi S, Block RC
Edited By: John Bisognano
Published By: Springer 2009

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