Robert Blount, MD, MAS

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine-Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine

Dr. Blount is a physician scientist studying air pollution health effects both in the US and globally. His current research focuses on the immunologic mechanisms through which air pollutants increase risk for tuberculosis (TB) and other pulmonary infections. He has substantial research, teaching, and clinical experience in East Africa and Southeast Asia. Prior to fellowship, he led an international health education program in Kenya, teaching Kenyan and American students, residents, and fellows as well as caring for HIV and TB patients. Over the past 4 years, Dr. Blount has been collaborating with the Vietnam National Tuberculosis Program and is currently developing air pollution monitoring and immunology lab infrastructure for a K23 project to elucidate the immunologic and clinical effects of air pollution on childhood tuberculosis.

Research areas
  • Effects of air contaminants on pulmonary infections
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MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
MAS in Clinical Research, University of California, San Francisco