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Peter de Blank, MD, MA, MSCE


Dr. de Blank graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in chemistry, a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English and American Literature.  He taught high school chemistry and English for four years before entering medical school at the University of California, San Francisco where he completed a concentration in Medical Education.  In medical school, Dr. de Blank was inducted into the Gold Headed Cane Society, an honor given to the top three graduates in the medical school class.  Dr. de Blank completed his residency in Pediatrics, and fellowships in Pediatric Hematology & Oncology and Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  During his fellowship, he was awarded a T32 training grant from the NIH/NCI to support his training in clinical research.  He completed a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania during his fellowship training.  During his fellowship in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Dr. de Blank worked with Dr. Michael Fisher on investigating diffusion tensor imaging and visual acuity in children with optic pathway gliomas.

 

In 2012, Dr. de Blank joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as a physician-scientist.  He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and a member of the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology team.  Dr. de Blank is currently Director of Cancer Survivorship and former Associate Director of the Clinical Fellowship Program in Pediatric Hematology & Oncology at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.  He is an Associate Member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 

Dr. de Blank’s research focuses on the development of early radiographic biomarkers of functional complications of brain tumors and brain tumor therapy. Functional, non-invasive biomarkers of important clinical outcomes may improve clinical outcomes, guide early intervention efforts and direct support for children with brain tumors.

                                         


Contact Dr. de Blank at: peter.deblank@UHhospitals.org

 

Dr. de Blank’s Bio

 

Academic Appointment:  Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine / University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center / Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Associate Fellowship Director, Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology

Member, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

 

Education & Employment

1992-1997       B.A. with Honors, Department of English, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

1992-1997       B.S. with Distinction, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

1996-1997       M.A. (English & American Literature), Department of English, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

1997-2001       Faculty of Science and English, Concord Academy, Concord, MA

2001-2005       M.D. with concentration in Medical Education, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2002-2005       Instructor & Coordinator, Medical Scholars Program, University of California, San Francisco, CA

2005-2008       Residency in Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

2008-2011       Fellow, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

2011-2012       Fellow, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

2012-current    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

2012-current    Director of Cancer Survivorship, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH

2012-2014       Associate Fellowship Director, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH


State Medical Licensure

State Medical Board Ohio

State Medical Board Pennsylvania

 

Specialty Board

2008-2014       Board Certified, American Academy of Pediatrics

2013-2019       Board Certified, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology

 

Professional Memberships

2005-               Member, American Academy of Pediatrics

2008-               Member, Children’s Oncology Group

2008-               Member, American Society of Hematology

2008-               Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology

2008-               Member, American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

2011-               Member, Society for Neuro-Oncology

2013-               Associate Member, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

2013-               Member, Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

2013-               Member, Neuro-Cognitive Outcomes Committee, Response Evaluation in Neurofibromatosis and Schwannomatosis (REiNS)

 

Funding History

1995-1996       Center for Material Science Research Grant, Stanford University

1996-1997       Bing Grant for the Humanities, Stanford University

2002                Student Research Summer Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco

2009-2011       T32 Research Training Grant, The University of Pennsylvania, NIH

2010-2011       Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness Pilot Grant

2011                American Society of Clinical Oncology Conquer Cancer Foundation Trainee Travel Award

2012-2014       K12 Paul Calabresi Scholar, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, NIH

2013-               Dana Foundation David Mahoney Neuro-Imaging Grant

 

Honors & Awards

1997                American Institute of Chemists Award, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

1997                Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

1999                Klingenstein Summer Fellow, Teachers’ College, Columbia University.

2005                Commencement Speaker, Medical School Graduation, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2005                Alpha Omega Alpha, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2005                Member, Gold Headed Cane Society, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2008                Outstanding Advocate Achievement Award, Community Pediatrics and Advocacy Program, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

2013                Selected Participant, ASCO/AACR Workshop: Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, Vail, CO

 

Publications

1.              Villar AJ, Kim J, de Blank P, Gillespie AM, Kozy HM, Ursell PC, and Epstein CJ. (2005). Effects of Genetic Background on Cardiovascular Anomalies in the Ts16 Mouse. Developmental Dynamics 232, 131-139.

2.              de Blank P, Minturn JE. (2011). A Rare Case of Ectopic Recurrence of a Craniopharyngioma Diagnosed 17 years after Initial Presentation. Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 33(5):393-397.

3.              de Blank P, Zaoutis T, Fisher B, Troxel A, Kim J, Aplenc R.  (2013).  Trends in Clostridium difficile Disease and Risk Factors for Hospital Acquisition Among Children with Cancer. Journal of Pediatrics Mar 8, epub ahead of print.

4.              de Blank P, Berman J, Liu G, Roberts T, Fisher MJ.  (2013). Fractional Anisotropy of the Optic Radiations is Associated with Visual Acuity in NF-1 Associated Optic Pathway Glioma.  Neuro-oncology May 7, epub ahead of print.

5.              Goldberg E, Titulaer M, de Blank P, Sievert A, Ryan N.(2013) Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor mediated encephalitis in infants and toddlers: Case report and review of the literature.  Pediatric Neurology. In press

 

Invited Lectures

1.              de Blank P, Kim J, Epstein CJ, and Villar AJ.  “Genetic Background Does Not Have an Effect on the Phenotype of Trisomy 16.”  Summer Research Poster Presentation, UCSF Summer Research Day, 2001.

2.              Lockspeiser T, Braveman M and de Blank P.  A Student Developed and Delivered "Teaching to Teach" Program.  Oral presentation at the Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA) conference, May 2006.  Winner of Best Oral Presentation Describing an Education Innovation.

3.              de Blank P, Hayward D, Zimmerman R, Pollack A, Kwiatkowski J.  “Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound Velocity, Cerebral Vasculopathy, and Silent Infarcts in Sickle Cell Disease.”  Oral Presentation, 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology, December 6th, 2010.

4.              de Blank P, Zaoutis T, Fisher B, Troxel A, Kim J, Aplenc R.  Risk Factors for Clostridium difficile Infection in Children with Malignancy.  Poster Discussion Section, 2011 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, June 5th, 2011.

5.              de Blank P. “Risk Factors for Clostridium difficileInfection in Children with Malignancy.”  Pediatrics Grand Rounds, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. October, 2011.

6.              de Blank P. Annual lecture in Neuro-Oncology, including “Medulloblastoma: Past, Present, and Future”and “Atypical Terratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor: Introduction, History and Treatment.” Presented to theDepartment of Radiation Oncology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. 2011-2012.

7.              de Blank P, Berman J, Liu G, Roberts T, Fisher MJ. Fractional Anisotropy of the Optic Radiations is Associated with Visual Acuity in NF-1 Associated Optic Pathway Glioma.  Platform Presentation, 2013 Children’s Tumor Foundation Neurofibromatosis Conference, June 8th, 2013.

8.              de Blank P.  DTI and Functional Loss in Children with Brain Tumors.  Cancer Imaging Retreat, Case Center for Imaging Research, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, October 9, 2013.

 

Chapters

1.              de Blank P. (2012). “Thalassemia” in 5-Minute Pediatric Consult, 6th edition.  MW Schwartz, ed.  Philadelphia, PA:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

2.              de Blank P. (2012). “Iron Deficiency Anemia” in 5-Minute Pediatric Consult, 6th edition.  MW Schwartz, ed.  Philadelphia, PA:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

3.              de Blank P, Liu G, Fisher MJ. (2013) “Outcome Measures in Optic Pathway Gliomas” in: Karajannis MA, Allen JC,eds. Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Symptoms, Treatment and Prognosis. Hauppauge: Nova SciencePublishers, Inc.

4.              Pateva I, de Blank P. (2013) “Thalassemia” in 5-Minute Pediatric Consult, 7th edition.  MD Cabana, ed.  Philadelphia, PA.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.  In press.

5.              Pateva I, de Blank P. (2013) “Iron Deficiency Anemia” in 5-Minute Pediatric Consult, 7th edition.  MD Cabana, ed.  Philadelphia, PA.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.  In press.