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Brian Block, MD

TitleClinical Fellow
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentMedicine
Address513 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
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    Fellowship2019Pulmonary and Critical Care
    New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, NYChief Resident2016Internal Medicine
    New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, NYResidency2015Internal Medicine
    Harvard Medical School, Boston, MAMD2012
    Oberlin College, Oberlin, OHBA2006Biology
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    American College of Physicians  - 2016Herbert S. Waxman Scholarship Award for outstanding Chief Medical Residents
    Columbia University  - 2014Department of Medicine House Staff Award in Clinical Teaching
    Columbia University  - 2013Department of Medicine House Staff Award in Clinical Teaching
    Arnold P. Gold Foundation  - 2013Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award
    Harvard Medical School  - 2010Dean’s Community Service Award
    Phi Beta Kappa  - 2006Member
    Oberlin College  - 2006Jason Chicoine Memorial Prize in Biology
    Oberlin College  - 2005Jason Chicoine Memorial Prize in Biology
    Oberlin College2002  - 2006John N. Stern Merit Scholarship in the Natural Sciences

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    Brian Block is a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellow with research interests in physician-patient communication, physician-physician communication, and decision-making during critical illness. He is also an award-winning teacher with experience developing and studying novel educational curricula.

    Dr. Block graduated from Harvard Medical School, completed Internal Medicine training at Columbia University, and was also a Chief Medical Resident at Columbia. At present, he is working to improve our understanding of how patients and families make decisions in the intensive care unit, with a view towards providing more support for patients and families who face difficult choices with uncertain outcomes. He also earned grant funding to study an intervention aimed at enhancing communication between general internists and medical subspecialty services, to improve teaching and patient care.

    Dr. Block is a member of the UCSF Medical Ethics Committee. He also holds an elected position with the American College of Physician's Council of Resident/Fellow members, and is on the ACP's Education and Publication Committee.


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    A Collaborative Workspace for Subspecialty Clinical Fellows
    University of California, San Francisco Innovations Funding for EducationJul 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Role Description: Developing and coordinating study using mixed-methods (survey and focus groups) to understand how co-localizing medical subspecialty fellows and medicine residents impacts communication and teaching in the hospital.

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    1. Block BL, Matthay M. Could Decisions to Limit Treatment Contribute to Mortality Differences between Patients with Different Pre-Sepsis Trajectories? Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2018 Nov 29. PMID: 30495973.
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    2. Block BL. Does the Term Intensive Care Unit Promote Aggressive Treatment? JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Oct 22. PMID: 30422219.
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    3. Arielle L Langer, Samuel Bernard, Brian L Block.Two-Week Resident-As-Teacher Program May Improve Peer Feedback and Online Evaluation Completion. Medical Science Educator. 2018.
    4. Block BL, Mehta T, Ortiz GM, Ferris SP, Vu TH, Huang L, Cattamanchi A. Unusual Radiographic Presentation of Pneumocystis Pneumonia in a Patient with AIDS. Case Rep Infect Dis. 2017; 2017:3183525. PMID: 29362681.
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    5. Nouri SN, Block BL. Triple Oral Antithrombotic Therapy: A Teachable Moment. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Oct 01; 176(10):1433-1434. PMID: 27532936.
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    6. Laracy JC, Regalbuto R, Block BL. Massive Rectal Hemorrhage After Prostate Biopsy: A Teachable Moment. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 08 01; 176(8):1064-5. PMID: 27322720.
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    7. Block BL, Bernard S, Schwartzstein RM. Hypo-Hypo: A Complex Metabolic Disorder. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016 Jan; 13(1):127-33. PMID: 26730868.
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    8. Brumme ZL, Li C, Miura T, Sela J, Rosato PC, Brumme CJ, Markle TJ, Martin E, Block BL, Trocha A, Kadie CM, Allen TM, Pereyra F, Heckerman D, Walker BD, Brockman MA. Reduced replication capacity of NL4-3 recombinant viruses encoding reverse transcriptase-integrase sequences from HIV-1 elite controllers. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 Feb 01; 56(2):100-8. PMID: 21124229; PMCID: PMC3078702.
    9. Folcik VA, Broderick G, Mohan S, Block B, Ekbote C, Doolittle J, Khoury M, Davis L, Marsh CB. Using an agent-based model to analyze the dynamic communication network of the immune response. Theor Biol Med Model. 2011 Jan 19; 8:1. PMID: 21247471; PMCID: PMC3032717.
    10. The major genetic determinants of HIV-1 control affect HLA class I peptide presentation. Science. 2010 Dec 10; 330(6010):1551-7. PMID: 21051598; PMCID: PMC3235490.
    11. Miura T, Brumme ZL, Brockman MA, Rosato P, Sela J, Brumme CJ, Pereyra F, Kaufmann DE, Trocha A, Block BL, Daar ES, Connick E, Jessen H, Kelleher AD, Rosenberg E, Markowitz M, Schafer K, Vaida F, Iwamoto A, Little S, Walker BD. Impaired replication capacity of acute/early viruses in persons who become HIV controllers. J Virol. 2010 Aug; 84(15):7581-91. PMID: 20504921; PMCID: PMC2897600.
    12. Pereyra F, Palmer S, Miura T, Block BL, Wiegand A, Rothchild AC, Baker B, Rosenberg R, Cutrell E, Seaman MS, Coffin JM, Walker BD. Persistent low-level viremia in HIV-1 elite controllers and relationship to immunologic parameters. J Infect Dis. 2009 Sep 15; 200(6):984-90. PMID: 19656066; PMCID: PMC3725728.
    13. Arbelaez C, Block B, Losina E, Wright EA, Reichmann WM, Mikulinsky R, Solomon JD, Dooley MM, Walensky RP. Rapid HIV testing program implementation: lessons from the emergency department. Int J Emerg Med. 2009 Sep 01; 2(3):187-94. PMID: 20157472; PMCID: PMC2760703.
    14. Chen H, Piechocka-Trocha A, Miura T, Brockman MA, Julg BD, Baker BM, Rothchild AC, Block BL, Schneidewind A, Koibuchi T, Pereyra F, Allen TM, Walker BD. Differential neutralization of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) replication in autologous CD4 T cells by HIV-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes. J Virol. 2009 Apr; 83(7):3138-49. PMID: 19158248; PMCID: PMC2655558.
    15. Miura T, Brumme CJ, Brockman MA, Brumme ZL, Pereyra F, Block BL, Trocha A, John M, Mallal S, Harrigan PR, Walker BD. HLA-associated viral mutations are common in human immunodeficiency virus type 1 elite controllers. J Virol. 2009 Apr; 83(7):3407-12. PMID: 19153230; PMCID: PMC2655568.
    16. Miura T, Brockman MA, Schneidewind A, Lobritz M, Pereyra F, Rathod A, Block BL, Brumme ZL, Brumme CJ, Baker B, Rothchild AC, Li B, Trocha A, Cutrell E, Frahm N, Brander C, Toth I, Arts EJ, Allen TM, Walker BD. HLA-B57/B*5801 human immunodeficiency virus type 1 elite controllers select for rare gag variants associated with reduced viral replication capacity and strong cytotoxic T-lymphocyte [corrected] recognition. J Virol. 2009 Mar; 83(6):2743-55. PMID: 19116253; PMCID: PMC2648254.
    17. Miura T, Brockman MA, Brumme ZL, Brumme CJ, Pereyra F, Trocha A, Block BL, Schneidewind A, Allen TM, Heckerman D, Walker BD. HLA-associated alterations in replication capacity of chimeric NL4-3 viruses carrying gag-protease from elite controllers of human immunodeficiency virus type 1. J Virol. 2009 Jan; 83(1):140-9. PMID: 18971283; PMCID: PMC2612337.
    18. Walensky RP, Arbelaez C, Reichmann WM, Walls RM, Katz JN, Block BL, Dooley M, Hetland A, Kimmel S, Solomon JD, Losina E. Revising expectations from rapid HIV tests in the emergency department. Ann Intern Med. 2008 Aug 05; 149(3):153-60. PMID: 18678842; PMCID: PMC3260470.
    19. Brumme ZL, Brumme CJ, Carlson J, Streeck H, John M, Eichbaum Q, Block BL, Baker B, Kadie C, Markowitz M, Jessen H, Kelleher AD, Rosenberg E, Kaldor J, Yuki Y, Carrington M, Allen TM, Mallal S, Altfeld M, Heckerman D, Walker BD. Marked epitope- and allele-specific differences in rates of mutation in human immunodeficiency type 1 (HIV-1) Gag, Pol, and Nef cytotoxic T-lymphocyte epitopes in acute/early HIV-1 infection. J Virol. 2008 Sep; 82(18):9216-27. PMID: 18614631; PMCID: PMC2546878.
    20. Miura T, Brockman MA, Brumme CJ, Brumme ZL, Carlson JM, Pereyra F, Trocha A, Addo MM, Block BL, Rothchild AC, Baker BM, Flynn T, Schneidewind A, Li B, Wang YE, Heckerman D, Allen TM, Walker BD. Genetic characterization of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 in elite controllers: lack of gross genetic defects or common amino acid changes. J Virol. 2008 Sep; 82(17):8422-30. PMID: 18562530; PMCID: PMC2519665.
    21. Beckstead JA, Block BL, Bielicki JK, Kay CM, Oda MN, Ryan RO. Combined N- and C-terminal truncation of human apolipoprotein A-I yields a folded, functional central domain. Biochemistry. 2005 Mar 22; 44(11):4591-9. PMID: 15766290.
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