Brittany Blockman, MD, MA

Associate Physician Diplomate, Pediatrics
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 UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics at UCSF. 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. Her vision is to transform the experience of pediatric illness for the patient and the family into an opportunity for health enhancement, resilience-building, and life-long wellness.

In her clinical work, she provides integrative consultations for youth living with a wide spectrum of chronic illnesses, including physical, behavioral, and mental health conditions. She also established and runs an insurance-billed, mind-body group medical visit for youth living with chronic illness, which is becoming a model for other UCSF programs. She is currently conducting research on this program and has presented her work at numerous conferences, including a platform presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting. Dr. Blockman is also involved in medical education and is in the process of co-developing and designing a pediatric integrative medicine curriculum for Osher fellows and continuing medical education. She has given numerous talks locally and nationally and was invited to be a presenter for the UCSF Osher Mini Medical School for the Public in 2016, which has been viewed over 50,000 times on the University of California TV network.

Prior to her current position at the Osher Center, she completed a two-year clinical fellowship in integrative medicine at the Osher Center and residency in the UCSF Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) residency program. During her residency, she founded Communitas Health, an organization that provides immersive, integrative medicine education, peer support, and empowerment with self-care skills for young people living with chronic illness and their family members. As a resident, she was recognized for her work 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. She also received the Tulane 34 Award, given to 34 graduates from Tulane’s 11 schools who best exemplify leadership, service, and academic excellence. 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. 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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