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)

University of Rochester Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation for providing exceptional service | University of Rochester 2016
University of Rochester Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation for providing exceptional service and 2015
University of Rochester Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation for providing exceptional service and | University of Rochester 2015
University of Rochester Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation for providing exceptional service and | University of Rochester 2014
University of Rochester Office of Human Subjects Protection-Quality Improvement Program Gold Star Human | University of Rochester 2014
Excellence in Research Incentive Program Award | University of Rochester 2013
Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation | University of Rochester 2013
Excellence in Research Incentive Program Award from the University of Rochester. | University of Rochester 2013
University of Rochester Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation for providing exceptional service and | University of Rochester 2013
Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation | University of Rochester | Rochester, NY 2011
University of Rochester Star Certificate of Appreciation for providing exceptional service and displaying compassion and respect | University of Rochester 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 - Present
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
Multiple Dean's List Honors | Rutgers University
Fellow | National Lipid Association
Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (KL2)Scholar

Recent Journal Articles

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2016 May
Wasserman, EB.; Bazarian, JJ.; Mapstone, M.; Block, R.; van Wijngaarden, E. "Academic Dysfunction Following a Concussion in High School and College Students". American Journal of Public Health. 2016; 19:e1-e7.
2016 Feb 29
Williams GC, Lowenstein L, Cox JF, Patrick H, Adams MJ, Block RC, Rigby CS. "Brief report of virtual clinician research tools for tobacco dependence or dyslipidemia." Journal of health psychology. 2016 Feb 29; Epub 2016 Feb 29.
2016
McLaren, D.; Jones, R.; Plotnik, R.; Zareba, W.; McIntosh, S.; Alexis, J.; Chen, L.; Block, R.; Lowenstein, C.; Kutyifa, V. "Prior Hospital Admission Predicts Thirty-Day Hospital Readmission for Heart Failure Patients". Cardiology journal. 2016; .
2016
Becerra AZ; Georas S; Brenna JT; Hopke PK; Kane C; Chalupa D; Frampton MW; Block R*; Rich DQ* (*Shared senior authors). ""Increases in ambient particulate matter air pollution, acute changes in platelet function, and effect modification by aspirin and omega-3 fatty acids: A panel study."". Journal of toxicology and environmental health. 2016; 79(6): 287-98.
2015 Aug 21
Block RC, Abdolahi A, Niemiec CP, Rigby CS, Williams GC. "Effects of an evidence-based computerized virtual clinician on low-density lipoprotein and non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in adults without cardiovascular disease: The Interactive Cholesterol Advisory Tool." Health informatics journal. 2015 Aug 21; Epub 2015 Aug 21.

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