Department Pulmonary Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cough
  • Emphysema
  • Histoplasmosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA

Additional Training

  • Associate Professor of Learner College of Medicine


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Disease

Specialty Interests

General pulmonary medicine with interest in evaluation of shortness of breath, chronic cough, pulmonary infections, asthma, bronchitis, COPD, cough, emphysema, histoplasmosis, lung cancer, pulmonary disease.

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 3/4/2019, Dr. Blackburn has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

80 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

I was very impressed by the whole experience. Dr Blackburn was very thorough and I appreciated the amount of time that he spent with me.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

This was my first appointment with Dr. Blackburn, with whom I found be very caring. Dr Blackburn discussed my test results, answered all my questions and seemed to care about my concerns. A very nice person.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

excellent visit Dr. took time to explain things and was very congenial

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

very well takin care of understood everything the doc said he explained everything and the nurses was very friendly couldn't ask for a better place to be with health problems

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019

Dr Blackburn is so caring, knowledgeable and informing. in my opinion, I would recommend him to others in a minute. He did all the right bloodwork to find the problem and knew exactly what he was looking for. He informed us of the problem when the test results were back which was after hours when he received him. we followed up with a cat scan on his advice and theproblem was disclosed. He's a great doctor.

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Dr. Blackburn followed up with a phone call to explain some additional concerns he had.

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

dr Blackburn was very good really listened to our concerns

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

Dr Blackburn was very helpful. We can easily tell that his preparation for my appointment was very thorough. I was very impressed with him.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

Never was notified that Dr was running 1 hour behind

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019

Dr Blackburn was very very polite. he spent a good amount of time with us. he made sure we understood everything before we left. and he gave me the correct diagnoses

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2019

excellent exam and care from the physician felt he was very caring and concerned about my health issues

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

Dr. Blackburn is a TEN ! He reads the records, explains clearly, asks and answers questions, and simply devotes his attention and time to trying to find new ideas. No wasted time but a real sense that he is focused.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

Dr Blackburn is an incredible pulmonologist.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

He save my life Dr Blackburn is cordial ann knows when to interfer. He found I had Organized Pneumonia and treat me on timely matter and now again Dr Subrina and him I am following more ways to help me. I am very satisfied.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2018

Dr. Blackburn is an old school Dr. listens carefully , knows my medical history well and follows up with a phone call . also a very pleasant individual.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2018

My daughter and I were impressed by how efficient such a large organization was run. Dr. Blackburn took plenty of time to go over my concerns and give us his opinion on what to do next.

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