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Barbara Blok, MD

​University of Colorado School of Medicine

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine


Contact information

Anschutz Medical Campus
Leprino Building, Campus Box B215
12401 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Blok joined the faculty in 2005 after serving for several years as an Associate Program Director at the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Residency Program in Baltimore, MD.  Dr. Blok’s interests lay mainly in medical education.  She is currently an Associate Program Director for the Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine and serves on several residency-associated committees.  She has an avid interest in Wilderness Medicine and co-directs the Wilderness Medicine education programs for the medical students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, which includes a lecture-based education series and a field elective in Rocky Mountain National Park and Moab, UT.  In addition she is an editor for the EM board review book First Aid for the Emergency Medicine Boards and for Elsevier’s online medical resource FIRSTConsult.
Degree Year ​Focus
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI​ B.S. 1989 ​Physiology
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI​ M.D. 1993 Doctor of Medicine
William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI 1994 Internship
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 1997 Emergency Medicine Residency
​American College of Emergency Physicians ​1998 ​EMF/ACEP Teaching Fellowship

Funded Projects


Other Projects



  • C Churgay, M Smith, B Blok. Maternal fever during labor-What does it mean? J Am Board Fam Prac. 1994; 7: 14-24.
  • M Simon, K Cooper, R Norris, B Blok, C King.  Antigen presenting cell-independent cytokine and spontaneous in vitro IgE production in patients with atopic dermatitis: increased interferon-gamma production and lack of effects of in vivo low-lose interferon-gamma treatment.  J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1995; 96: 84-91
  • C Ellis, S Stevens, B Blok, R.S Taylor, K Cooper. Interferon gamma therapy reduces blood leukocyte levels in patients with atopic dermatitis: Correlation with clinical improvement. Clin Immunol. 1999; 92: 49-55.
  • R Hamilton, R Hoffman, F Henretig, E Karkevandian, S Marcus, R Shih, B Blok, K Nordenholz.  A Descriptive study of an epidemic of poisoning caused by heroin adulterated with scopolamine.  J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 2000; 38: 597-608
  • Scopolamine poisoning among heroin users-New York City, Newark, Philadelphia and Baltimore, 1995-1996. MMWR, 1996; 45: 457-60.
  • Peter Rosen Leadership Award, Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine, June 2010
  • Track Award for Best Faculty Lecturer, Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine, June 2010

  • Chairman’s Award, University of Colorado - Department of Emergency Medicine, June 2011