Brittany Blockman, MD, MA
Clinical Specialties at the Osher Center
- Pediatric clinic for chronic illness
Public Classes Taught
- Communitas: Mind-Body and Resilience Group Visit for Youth with Chronic Illness
Dr. Brittany Blockman uses an integrative approach to health and is particularly interested in working with young people living with chronic illness and adversity.
In addition to her clinical work, she established and runs Communitas, an insurance-billed, mind-body group medical visit for youth living with chronic illness. 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 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 Osher Center’s 2016 Mini Medical School for the Public , which has been viewed over 50,000 times on the University of California TV network. Prior to attending medical school, she worked as a documentary filmmaker.
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 with numerous awards: the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Anne E. Dyson Award for community child advocacy; 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; and an award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching at UCSF.
Education and Training
- Clinical Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
- Certification in Mind-Body Medicine, Center for Mind Body Medicine
- Residency, Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved Residency Program, UCSF
- MD, Tulane University
- MA, Medical Anthropology, Harvard University
- BA, Princeton University
Personal Statement and Approach
I am passionate about improving the health and quality of life of children and adolescents living with chronic illnesses, including physical, behavioral, and mental health conditions. I use an integrative approach to health and am particularly interested in working with young people living with chronic illness and adversity. My 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.