Brittany Blockman, MD, MA

Associate Physician Diplomate
Communitas Instructor

Dr. Brittany Blockman:
Transforming the Experience of Pediatric Chronic Illness through Mind-Body Medicine

Brittany Blockman, MD, MA, is an Associate Physician Diplomate at the Osher Center and pediatrician, with a background in medical anthropology and documentary filmmaking. She is passionate about improving the health and quality of life of children and adolescents through an integrative approach to health and is particularly interested in working with young people living with chronic illness and adversity.

Dr. Blockman completed her pediatric residency at UCSF’s Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) program in 2015. As a resident, she founded Communitas, a program that provides integrative medicine education and experiences, peer support, and empowerment with self-care skills for young people living with chronic illness and their family members, which has been held at the Osher Center. She is currently conducting research on Communitas and has presented her work at numerous conferences, including a platform presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting.

As a resident, she was recognized for her work with Communitas by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Anne E. Dyson Award for community child advocacy. She also received the UCSF Grossman Award, which is presented to a graduating pediatrics resident for outstanding qualities as a resident and taking a leadership role in the community, as well as an award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching at UCSF.

Dr. Blockman graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the AOA Medical Honor society and served as a co-director of a community health clinic that was established after Hurricane Katrina to address the healthcare needs of the uninsured. While she was a medical student, she led mind-body groups for homeless adolescents with PTSD at a shelter in New Orleans.

Dr. Blockman holds a BA from Princeton University, where she won the senior thesis prize in anthropology for her documentary on San Francisco AIDS hospice Maitri. She also earned an MA in medical anthropology from Harvard University, where she focused on end-of-life care and cross-cultural conceptions of healing.  She is certified in mind-body medicine through The Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington, DC and completed a month-long integrative medicine immersion program at the University of Arizona’s program in integrative medicine. Prior to attending medical school, she worked as a documentary filmmaker, with a film premiere at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival and film sales to Viacom and Netflix.

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