Ashira Blazer

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Ashira Blazer
MD, MSCI
Born(1984-08-18)August 18, 1984
Dallas, TX
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Houston
Baylor College of Medicine
💼 Occupation

Ashira Blazer, MD, MSCI is an assistant professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine Division of Rheumatology. She is double board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and rheumatology.[1] Her research focuses on the Apolipoprotein L1 Gene, where disease causing mutations are at a higher frequency in individuals with African ancestry. As a rheumatologist, she studies the interaction between the immune system and this gene mutation; and the larger mechanisms by which chronic inflammation as seen in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus can heighten with genetic risk variants.[2] She has been encouraging diversity in the science community and linking this to role models and schooling.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Blazer was born August 18, 1984 in Dallas, Texas to Mel and Clara Blazer. She earned a BSc. in Biology from the University of Houston in 2006 and doctor of medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in 2010. She spent the next three years at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for her residency in Internal Medicine. Most recently, she earned her Master of Science in Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science from New York University, in 2017.

Career[edit]

Blazer has been working as an academic rheumatologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, since 2013. In her role, she conducts health disparity research on the interaction between the autoimmune diseases and variants in the human genome; and the larger mechanisms by which chronic inflammation as seen in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus can heighten due to genetic variation. Blazer looks beyond socioeconomic differences, differences in lifestyles and access to care to better understand the biologically determined differences behind disparate outcomes.[4]

Blazer also is a health advocate for the Black and minorities community. Having experienced racism early in her career, she is an advocate for diversity in the medical profession as well as examining racial factors in disease pathways or differentiating effective treatment programmes.[5] [6] She acknowledges the social and economic challenges of treating undocumented immigrants in the US health system.[7] Blazer discusses the impact of COVID-19 and the Black Community [8] as well significant findings for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Recently, Blazer discussed a recent finding that lupus patients who live a sedentary lifestyle are three times more likely to have depression on CBS News.[9] Her science communication includes the need for early years education for minority community children to aspire to medical careers, including interest in her own specialism.[10] She welcomed the research project examining potential interventions, Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE), to improve the current position where minorities make up 32% of US residents but only 8% of medical faculty.[3] She recently reported on the demand for the standard treatment for lupus, found to be a potential candidate for treatment of Covid19 during the coronavirus pandemic having an impact on supplies of treatment for chronically ill patients,[11] [12] and had commented on the psychosocial aspects of Ebola.[13] She comments in popular media on self-help treatments to show the scientific basis for their effectiveness.[14][15][16]

Publications[edit]

Apolipoprotein L1 risk genotypes in Ghanaian patients with systemic lupus erythematosus: a prospective cohort study.[17]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2020 40 under 40 Leaders in Health Award from the National Minority Quality Forum.[18]
  • 2020 Rheumatology Research Foundation Scientist Development Award.[19]
  • 2020 Third Coast International Audio Festival Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition, Contributing Physician for Dat Rona [8]
  • 2015 American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Fellow Award.[20]

References[edit]

  1. "Ashira Blazer, MD". nyulangone.org. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  2. "Ashira D. Blazer, MD, MSCI | Lupus Foundation of America". www.lupus.org. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "$4.6 million supports increasing diversity in biomedical research". Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. 2019-10-01. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  4. "Scientist Development Award Winner Probes Ethnic Disparities in Lupus". The Rheumatologist. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  5. "Racism still a problem in healthcare, but hospitals and doctors no longer ignore it". FierceHealthcare. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  6. Feldman, Candace H. (2020-11-20). Health disparities in rheumatic diseases: Part II, An Issue of Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America, E-Book. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 65. ISBN 978-0-323-81364-8. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. "Nowhere Else to Go: Caring for Undocumented Patients in Rheumatology". www.healio.com. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "In Those Genes: Dat Rona on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  9. Importance of physical activity for lupus patients, retrieved 2021-02-25
  10. "Meaningful measures: Diversifying rheumatology workforce starts with the pipeline". www.healio.com. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  11. "Amid Hydroxychloroquine Hopes, Lupus Patients Face Shortages". Medscape. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  12. "After Trump suggests hydroxychloroquine as potential COVID-19 cure, lupus patients face shortages". Salon. 2020-03-28. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  13. Kuriansky, Judy (2016-03-21). The Psychosocial Aspects of a Deadly Epidemic: What Ebola Has Taught Us about Holistic Healing: What Ebola Has Taught Us about Holistic Healing. ABC-CLIO. p. 365. ISBN 978-1-4408-4231-3. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  14. "Warm Water Is the Rheumatoid Arthritis Home Remedy You're Not Using (But Should)". www.kten.com. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  15. "6 Things You Never Realized Can Cure Inflammation, According To Science". Bustle. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  16. "Insect Bites Matter When You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis | Everyday Health". EverydayHealth.com. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  17. Blazer, Ashira; Dey, Ida Dzifa; Nwaukoni, Janet; Reynolds, Margaret; Ankrah, Festus; Algasas, Huda; Ahmed, Tasneem; Divers, Jasmin (2021-01-01). "Apolipoprotein L1 risk genotypes in Ghanaian patients with systemic lupus erythematosus: a prospective cohort study". Lupus Science & Medicine. 8 (1): e000460. doi:10.1136/lupus-2020-000460. ISSN 2053-8790. PMID 33461980 Check |pmid= value (help).
  18. "Ashira Blazer, MD, MS". The National Minority Quality Forum. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  19. "2020 Award Recipients". www.rheumresearch.org. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  20. "Rheumatology Education Awards". NYU Langone Health. Retrieved 2021-02-25.


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