Dr. Phil Blanc joins the HealthCorps Family, Will Oversee Research and Health Science Communication
Dr. Phil Blanc comes to HealthCorps by way of a variety of experiences in health promotion, research, and media. Aspiring to give back to society through the art and science of medicine, Phil pursued his medical degree (M.D.) at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Biological Sciences and Religion at Rutgers University. As a medical student, Phil led his peers in a number of initiatives as President of the Student Government Association (SGA), in addition to serving as Co-Director of the school’s service learning organization, Urban Health Initiative (UHI), where medical student volunteers mentored and taught at-risk local youths interested in pursuing health-related careers.
While in medical school, Phil began to discover the potential of public health to have a meaningful impact on human lives at the population level, as well as the promise of mass media to serve as an exciting, yet effective means of delivering such an impact. Pursuing learning opportunities in public health, specifically in health disparities and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations, Phil served as an intern with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Health Disparities Solutions, as a research assistant with the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and as a student at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he earned a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree, and even had the honor of being selected to deliver the Student Speech at commencement.
Phil’s sensitivity to the needs of some of our most vulnerable populations has been heightened by his experiences working firsthand with the most critical of patients in New York City emergency departments as an Emergency Medicine resident at the Mount Sinai Medical Center; his awareness of such needs was also expanded through research he conducted aimed at reducing the burden of asthma in children living in East Harlem—where rates for asthma-related pediatric ER visits are among the highest in the City—as a Public Health/ Preventive Medicine resident at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Over time, his interest in health communication led him to internship opportunities at media outlets, including Discovery Communications, Black Entertainment Television (BET), and Philadelphia’s 6ABC Action News. After trying his hand at learning television production techniques behind the camera, Phil later trained to become on-camera talent, landing his first appearance on The Dr. Oz Show as a resident ER doctor, engaging viewers with tips to avoid injuries at home with inexpensive items from none other than… the dollar store!
Outside of the office, Phil enjoys fencing in Chelsea, playing bass guitar for a church youth group in the West Village, and spending time with his wife, Ursula, at home in the Bronx.
At this year’s preeminent award ceremony for American athletes—the ESPYs—“Best Female Athlete” award winner and MMA powerhouse, Ronda Rousey, reflected, “I’m living such a… blessed life, and I’m trying my best to deserve it.” Having the opportunity to work with such talented, vibrant colleagues on such an important cause—childhood obesity—now with HealthCorps… Phil has one more reason to feel just as blessed.