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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

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 2/14/2021, 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

83 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

12 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

I'am very well pleased with my visit and really appreciate Doctor James Blackburn taking time and explaining everything to me and my wife. Thanks alot

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

I was so impressed & happy with Dr. Blackburn. I have never had a dr take the time to actually read my chart & ask questions. He took time with me & actually listened. I am so happy that he was the dr I was assigned to. I left feeling relieved & confident that my problem will be resolved.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

I recommend Dr Blackburn to anyone I know that is experiencing a lung issue. He has helped me be the best I can be while spending the remainder of my time on this earth. Thank you Dr Blackburn

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Dr Blackburn was awesome. He took time to help me understand the X-ray, his findings and next steps. He is very knowledgeable and caring. He represented the reputation of the Cleveland Clinic very well. I appreciate him and his care

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Dr Blackburn went above and beyond during my time with him and follow up

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

The communication has been excellent. I live in Buffalo and have had no problem speaking with Dr. Blackburn regarding all of the issues at hand.

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

Dr. Blackburn was especially sharp, helpful, caring and a fine physician!!!

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Dr. Blackburn was the first doctor to show and explain to me my past and current condition. He truly demonstrated genuine concern and recommended further follow up. I was lucky to find a doctor who genuinely cares as well as providing professional expertise care. Thank you

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

I very much appreciated Dr. Blackburn's genuine concern for me as a patient. He was more concerned about me than watching a time clock as many health care providers do because thats what is dictated by insurance companies. Great doctor!

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2021

Dr. Blackburn is the best!

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

Dr Blackburn was very nice. explored options for my concern and ordered tests to rule out problems. He performed a thorough exam and was very polite.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

Dr. Blackburn is a wonderful Doctor I appreciate him, his advice and his willingness to help me get better. He always checks in on me to make sure I am getting better.

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