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

Cardiology

Clinical Interests

General Cardiology

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 341-7800

Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Office: (585) 275-3356

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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

Faculty Appointments

Specialties

  • Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine

Education

1985
BA | Cook College, Rutgers University
Arts & Sciences

1991
MD | University of Medicine and Dentistry at New Jersey
Medicine

2006
Masters of Public Health | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry (First half completed at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

2006
Certificate in Clinical Research | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

2006
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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

07/01/1992 - 06/30/1995
Residency in Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic (Rochester)

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

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Awards

2016 - 2020
Eicosapentaenoic acid activation of free fatty acid receptor 4 prevents fibrosis microvascular rarefaction and diastolic
Sponsor: NIH/University of Minnesota
Location: University of Minnesota

2016
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
Sponsor: University of Rochester

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

2013
Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation
Location: University of Rochester

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

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

201
Star Award Certificate
Sponsor: University of Rochester

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

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

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

5/2017
Holub A, Abdolahi A, Mousa SA, Tu X, Oda M, Block RC. "The Effects of Aspirin in Combination with EPA and DHA on HDL Cholesterol and ApoA1 Exchange in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus." Presented at the National Lipid Assciation's 2017 Scientific Sessions, May 18-21, Philadelphia, PA. 2017; .

5/2017
Holub A, Abdolahi A, Mousa SA, Tu X, Oda M, Block RC. "The Effects of Aspirin in Combination with EPA and DHA on HDL Cholesterol and ApoA1 Exchange in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus." Presented at the National Lipid Assciation's 2017 Scientific Sessions, May 18-21, Philadelphia, PA. 2017; .

4/25/2017
Block RC, Razani B. "Linking lysosomal acid lipase insufficiency to the development of cryptogenic cirrhosis." Atherosclerosis.. 2017 Apr 25; Epub 2017 Apr 25.

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 Media2013 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-Verlag2012 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: Springer2009

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