Seth Blumberg, MD, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address490 Illinois Street, #26E
San Francisco CA 94158
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    California Institute of TechnologyBSc06/1997Engineering and applied science
    University of MichiganMD PhD05/2008Biophysics
    Iowa Methodist Medical Center06/2009Internal medicine internship
    NIH Fogarty International Center09/2012RAPIDD postdoc
    St Marys Medical Center06/2017Internal medicine residency
    New York University Langone Medical Center06/2019Infectious disease fellowship
    University of California, San Francisco12/2022DEI champion training

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    Research: My research focuses on developing and applying data-driven computational models of infectious diseases that exhibit the potential of elimination (i.e. R < 1). A key goal has been to elucidate risk factors that tip the balance between disease quiescence and emergence. This involves quantification of the impact of patient-specific or population-wide control interventions. Applications include enhancing trachoma elimination programs, mitigating the impact of SARS-CoV-2 in congregate settings, characterizing the transmission dynamics of healthcare associated infections, and identifying factors responsible for the emergence of antibiotic resistance. My involvement in direct patient care provides a practical perspective of the investigations and metrics that have an immediate impact on clinical guidelines and public health.

    I am fortunate to be based within the Francis I. Proctor Foundation. The Foundation’s interdisciplinary approach toward alleviating the global burden of infectious disease is innovative, impactful, and intellectually engaging.

    Clinical: I am an attending physician for the St Marys Medical Center Hospitalist Service, and particularly enjoy the opportunity to work with residents and medical students. I also serve as an infectious disease consultant for the UCSF hospitals.
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    1. Temporal Trends in Phenotypic Macrolide and Nonmacrolide Resistance for Streptococcus pneumoniae Nasopharyngeal Samples Up to 36 Months after Mass Azithromycin Administration in a Cluster-Randomized Trial in Niger. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2023 11 01; 109(5):1107-1112. Hazel A, Arzika AM, Abdou A, Lebas E, Porco TC, Maliki R, Doan T, Lietman TM, Keenan JD, Blumberg S. PMID: 37783458; PMCID: PMC10622462.
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    2. Rates of SARS-CoV-2 transmission between and into California state prisons. medRxiv. 2023 Aug 25. Dubey P, Hoover CM, Lu P, Blumberg S, Porco TC, Parsons TL, Worden L. PMID: 37662306; PMCID: PMC10473789.
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    3. Challenges in Forecasting Antimicrobial Resistance. Emerg Infect Dis. 2023 04; 29(4):679-685. Pei S, Blumberg S, Vega JC, Robin T, Zhang Y, Medford RJ, Adhikari B, Shaman J, CDC MIND-Healthcare Program. PMID: 36958029; PMCID: PMC10045679.
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    4. Aligning staff schedules, testing, and isolation reduces the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks in carceral and other congregate settings: A simulation study. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(1):e0001302. Hoover CM, Skaff NK, Blumberg S, Fukunaga R. PMID: 36962883; PMCID: PMC10022395.
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    5. Social Network Analysis of Ebola Virus Disease During the 2014 Outbreak in Sukudu, Sierra Leone. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2022 Nov; 9(11):ofac593. Hazel A, Davidson MC, Rogers A, Barrie MB, Freeman A, Mbayoh M, Kamara M, Blumberg S, Lietman TM, Rutherford GW, Jones JH, Porco TC, Richardson ET, Kelly JD. PMID: 36467298; PMCID: PMC9709704.
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    6. Evaluating and mitigating the potential indirect effect of COVID-19 on control programmes for seven neglected tropical diseases: a modelling study. Lancet Glob Health. 2022 11; 10(11):e1600-e1611. Borlase A, Le Rutte EA, Castaño S, Blok DJ, Toor J, Giardina F, Davis EL, NTD Modelling Consortium. PMID: 36240827; PMCID: PMC9579354.
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    7. Modeling scenarios for mitigating outbreaks in congregate settings. PLoS Comput Biol. 2022 07; 18(7):e1010308. Blumberg S, Lu P, Kwan AT, Hoover CM, Lloyd-Smith JO, Sears D, Bertozzi SM, Worden L. PMID: 35857774; PMCID: PMC9342784.
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    8. Developing a COVID-19 WHO Clinical Progression Scale inpatient database from electronic health record data. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2022 06 14; 29(7):1279-1285. Ramaswamy P, Gong JJ, Saleh SN, McDonald SA, Blumberg S, Medford RJ, Liu X. PMID: 35289912; PMCID: PMC9196693.
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    9. Early identification of patients admitted to hospital for covid-19 at risk of clinical deterioration: model development and multisite external validation study. BMJ. 2022 02 17; 376:e068576. Kamran F, Tang S, Otles E, McEvoy DS, Saleh SN, Gong J, Li BY, Dutta S, Liu X, Medford RJ, Valley TS, West LR, Singh K, Blumberg S, Donnelly JP, Shenoy ES, Ayanian JZ, Nallamothu BK, Sjoding MW, Wiens J. PMID: 35177406; PMCID: PMC8850910.
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    10. Modeling transmission of pathogens in healthcare settings. Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2021 08 01; 34(4):333-338. Stachel A, Keegan LT, Blumberg S, CDC MInD Healthcare Program. PMID: 34039877; PMCID: PMC9394219.
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    11. Forecasting Trachoma Control and Identifying Transmission-Hotspots. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 06 14; 72(Suppl 3):S134-S139. Blumberg S, Prada JM, Tedijanto C, Deiner MS, Godwin WW, Emerson PM, Hooper PJ, Borlase A, Hollingsworth TD, Oldenburg CE, Porco TC, Arnold BF, Lietman TM. PMID: 33905484; PMCID: PMC8201580.
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    12. Predicted Impact of COVID-19 on Neglected Tropical Disease Programs and the Opportunity for Innovation. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 04 26; 72(8):1463-1466. Toor J, Adams ER, Aliee M, Amoah B, Anderson RM, Ayabina D, Bailey R, Basáñez MG, Blok DJ, Blumberg S, Borlase A, Rivera RC, Castaño MS, Chitnis N, Coffeng LE, Crump RE, Das A, Davis CN, Davis EL, Deiner MS, Diggle PJ, Fronterre C, Giardina F, Giorgi E, Graham M, Hamley JID, Huang CI, Kura K, Lietman TM, Lucas TCD, Malizia V, Medley GF, Meeyai A, Michael E, Porco TC, Prada JM, Rock KS, Le Rutte EA, Smith ME, Spencer SEF, Stolk WA, Touloupou P, Vasconcelos A, Vegvari C, de Vlas SJ, Walker M, Hollingsworth TD. PMID: 32984870; PMCID: PMC7543306.
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    13. Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in eliminating trachoma as a public health problem. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2021 03 06; 115(3):222-228. Blumberg S, Borlase A, Prada JM, Solomon AW, Emerson P, Hooper PJ, Deiner MS, Amoah B, Hollingsworth TD, Porco TC, Lietman TM. PMID: 33449114; PMCID: PMC7928550.
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    14. Modelling trachoma post-2020: opportunities for mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and accelerating progress towards elimination. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2021 03 06; 115(3):213-221. Borlase A, Blumberg S, Callahan EK, Deiner MS, Nash SD, Porco TC, Solomon AW, Lietman TM, Prada JM, Hollingsworth TD. PMID: 33596317; PMCID: PMC7928577.
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    15. The Impact of Different Types of Violence on Ebola Virus Transmission During the 2018-2020 Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. J Infect Dis. 2020 11 13; 222(12):2021-2029. Kelly JD, Wannier SR, Sinai C, Moe CA, Hoff NA, Blumberg S, Selo B, Mossoko M, Chowell-Puente G, Jones JH, Okitolonda-Wemakoy E, Rutherford GW, Lietman TM, Muyembe-Tamfum JJ, Rimoin AW, Porco TC, Richardson ET. PMID: 32255180; PMCID: PMC7661768.
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    16. Real-time monitoring the transmission potential of COVID-19 in Singapore, March 2020. BMC Med. 2020 06 03; 18(1):166. Tariq A, Lee Y, Roosa K, Blumberg S, Yan P, Ma S, Chowell G. PMID: 32493466; PMCID: PMC7268586.
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    17. Real-time monitoring the transmission potential of COVID-19 in Singapore, March 2020. medRxiv. 2020 Apr 17. Tariq A, Lee Y, Roosa K, Blumberg S, Yan P, Ma S, Chowell G. PMID: 32511436; PMCID: PMC7217090.
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    18. The Effect of Anterior Corneal Astigmatism Orientation on Toric Intraocular Lens Outcomes. Open Journal of Ophthalmology. 2019 Jan 1; 09(02):84-93. Lowry LE, Li LJ, Kasi KS, Blumberg BS, Morjaria MP, Schallhorn SS, Naseri NA. .
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    19. Genotype-Specific Measles Transmissibility: A Branching Process Analysis. Clin Infect Dis. 2018 04 03; 66(8):1270-1275. Ackley SF, Hacker JK, Enanoria WTA, Worden L, Blumberg S, Porco TC, Zipprich J. PMID: 29228134; PMCID: PMC5889020.
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    20. Using Social Media to Characterize Public Sentiment Toward Medical Interventions Commonly Used for Cancer Screening: An Observational Study. J Med Internet Res. 2017 06 07; 19(6):e200. Metwally O, Blumberg S, Ladabaum U, Sinha SR. PMID: 28592395; PMCID: PMC5480009.
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    21. The Effect of Contact Investigations and Public Health Interventions in the Control and Prevention of Measles Transmission: A Simulation Study. PLoS One. 2016; 11(12):e0167160. Enanoria WT, Liu F, Zipprich J, Harriman K, Ackley S, Blumberg S, Worden L, Porco TC. PMID: 27941976; PMCID: PMC5152814.
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    22. Risk Factors for Return to the Operating Room after Resident-Performed Cataract Surgery. Semin Ophthalmol. 2018; 33(2):210-214. Menda SA, Driver TH, Neiman AE, Blumberg S, Naseri A, Stewart JM. PMID: 27686470.
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    23. Characterizing the transmissibility of cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2016 May 20; 34(15_suppl):e13076-e13076. Blumberg BS. .
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    24. Vaccination Compliance and the US Measles Epidemic. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Sep; 169(9):877. Blumberg S, Enanoria WT, Porco TC. PMID: 26348859.
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    25. Assessing Measles Transmission in the United States Following a Large Outbreak in California. PLoS Curr. 2015 May 07; 7. Blumberg S, Worden L, Enanoria W, Ackley S, Deiner M, Liu F, Gao D, Lietman T, Porco T. PMID: 26052471; PMCID: PMC4455058.
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    26. The role of vaccination coverage, individual behaviors, and the public health response in the control of measles epidemics: an agent-based simulation for California. BMC Public Health. 2015 May 01; 15:447. Liu F, Enanoria WT, Zipprich J, Blumberg S, Harriman K, Ackley SF, Wheaton WD, Allpress JL, Porco TC. PMID: 25928152; PMCID: PMC4438575.
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    27. The distribution of the prevalence of ocular chlamydial infection in communities where trachoma is disappearing. Epidemics. 2015 Jun; 11:85-91. Lietman TM, Gebre T, Abdou A, Alemayehu W, Emerson P, Blumberg S, Keenan JD, Porco TC. PMID: 25979286; PMCID: PMC4986606.
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    28. Detecting differential transmissibilities that affect the size of self-limited outbreaks. PLoS Pathog. 2014 Oct; 10(10):e1004452. Blumberg S, Funk S, Pulliam JR. PMID: 25356657; PMCID: PMC4214794.
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    29. Synthesizing data and models for the spread of MERS-CoV, 2013: key role of index cases and hospital transmission. Epidemics. 2014 Dec; 9:40-51. Chowell G, Blumberg S, Simonsen L, Miller MA, Viboud C. PMID: 25480133; PMCID: PMC4258236.
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    30. Identifying postelimination trends for the introduction and transmissibility of measles in the United States. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 Jun 01; 179(11):1375-82. Blumberg S, Enanoria WT, Lloyd-Smith JO, Lietman TM, Porco TC. PMID: 24786800; PMCID: PMC4036219.
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    31. Antibiotic use as a tragedy of the commons: a cross-sectional survey. Comput Math Methods Med. 2014; 2014:837929. O'Brien KS, Blumberg S, Enanoria WT, Ackley S, Sippl-Swezey N, Lietman TM. PMID: 24587818; PMCID: PMC3920666.
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    32. Pathogen-host associations and predicted range shifts of human monkeypox in response to climate change in central Africa. PLoS One. 2013; 8(7):e66071. Thomassen HA, Fuller T, Asefi-Najafabady S, Shiplacoff JA, Mulembakani PM, Blumberg S, Johnston SC, Kisalu NK, Kinkela TL, Fair JN, Wolfe ND, Shongo RL, LeBreton M, Meyer H, Wright LL, Muyembe JJ, Buermann W, Okitolonda E, Hensley LE, Lloyd-Smith JO, Smith TB, Rimoin AW. PMID: 23935820; PMCID: PMC3729955.
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    33. Inference of R(0) and transmission heterogeneity from the size distribution of stuttering chains. PLoS Comput Biol. 2013; 9(5):e1002993. Blumberg S, Lloyd-Smith JO. PMID: 23658504; PMCID: PMC3642075.
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    34. Using remote sensing to map the risk of human monkeypox virus in the Congo Basin. Ecohealth. 2011 Mar; 8(1):14-25. Fuller T, Thomassen HA, Mulembakani PM, Johnston SC, Lloyd-Smith JO, Kisalu NK, Lutete TK, Blumberg S, Fair JN, Wolfe ND, Shongo RL, Formenty P, Meyer H, Wright LL, Muyembe JJ, Buermann W, Saatchi SS, Okitolonda E, Hensley L, Smith TB, Rimoin AW. PMID: 21069425; PMCID: PMC3237841.
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    35. Major increase in human monkeypox incidence 30 years after smallpox vaccination campaigns cease in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Sep 14; 107(37):16262-7. Rimoin AW, Mulembakani PM, Johnston SC, Lloyd Smith JO, Kisalu NK, Kinkela TL, Blumberg S, Thomassen HA, Pike BL, Fair JN, Wolfe ND, Shongo RL, Graham BS, Formenty P, Okitolonda E, Hensley LE, Meyer H, Wright LL, Muyembe JJ. PMID: 20805472; PMCID: PMC2941342.
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    36. Intrinsic curvature of DNA influences LacR-mediated looping. Biophys J. 2007 Dec 15; 93(12):4342-59. Goyal S, Lillian T, Blumberg S, Meiners JC, Meyhöfer E, Perkins NC. PMID: 17766355; PMCID: PMC2098735.
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    37. Do femtonewton forces affect genetic function? A review. J Biol Phys. 2006 Oct; 32(2):73-95. Blumberg S, Pennington MW, Meiners JC. PMID: 19669453; PMCID: PMC2647000.
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    38. Three-dimensional characterization of tethered microspheres by total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy. Biophys J. 2005 Aug; 89(2):1272-81. Blumberg S, Gajraj A, Pennington MW, Meiners JC. PMID: 15923224; PMCID: PMC1366611.
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