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Cynthia Blanco, MD

University Medicine Associates
Schedule an appointment: 210-358-4000
Neonatalperinatal Medicine
Board Affiliation/Certification
American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics/Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara, 1997
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - GME, 2001
University of Texas Health Science Center, 2005

University Hospital

4502 Medical Drive
San Antonio,TX 78229
Insurance Accepted
Aetna - CHIP
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - BlueChoice® PPO
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Children with Special Health Care Needs Program
CIGNA/USAA Employees
Community First Health Plan - HMO Off-Exchange
Community First Health Plan - HMO/PPO/CHIP
Community First Health Plan - Medicaid
Community First Health Plan - STAR Kids Program
Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare
Coventry Health Care
Driscoll Health Plan - Medicaid
EBSO, Inc.
El Paso First - Medicaid
Entrust - PPO Plan
Humana - Exchange (Health Maintenance Organization x)
Humana Military -TRICARE
Humana, INC
Superior Health Plan - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Superior Health Plan - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
Superior Health Plan - MMP
UnitedHealthcare - PPO/MK
WellCare - Medicare Advantage
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I am a Professor of Pediatrics with tenure, the Division Head of Neonatology and Greehey Family Foundation Chair in Neonatology Research at UT Health San Antonio.
I completed my undergraduate studies and received my M.D. at the Universidad de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico. I completed my residency in Pediatrics at Texas Tech University, and earned my Post-Doctoral degree in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at UT Health San Antonio with a Masters in Clinical Investigation.
Research Interests:
I am heavily involved in clinical research and have been published in peer-reviewed journals. My research interests are in parenteral and enteral nutrition of the critically ill neonate. My research focus includes enteral nutrition strategies to decrease the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis with exclusive human nutrition. I am also interested in the biochemical markers involved in pasteurized human milk in relationship with gastrointestinal disease.
I have also studied the effects of early and higher intravenous amino acid supplementation for ELBW infants and the use of IV fish oil for parenteral associated disease.
My basic science research relates to glucose metabolism and insulin resistance in prematurity. I am an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serve on the Committee on Nutrition for the AAP.

Journal Articles

  1. Rizzo HE, Escaname EN, Alana NB, Lavender E, Gelfond J, Fernandez R, Hibbs MA, King JM, Carr N, Blanco CL. Maternal diabetes and obesity influence the fetal epigenome in a largely hispanic population. Clin Epigenetics. 2020 Feb;19 (1):34. PMID: 32075680.
  2. Sorrell M, Moreira A, Green K, Jacob R, Tragus R, Keller L, Quinn A, McCurnin D, Gong A, El Sakka A, Mittal N, Blanco C. Favorable outcomes of preterm infants with parenteral nutrition – associated liver disease treated with intravenous fish oil- based lipid emulsion. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2017 May; 64 (5): 783-788. PMID 28437326.
  3. Hair AB, Bergner EM, Lee ML, Moreira AG, Hawthorne KM, Rechtman DJ, Abrams SA, Blanco CL. Premature Infants 750-1250 g Birth Weight Supplemented with a Novel Human Milk-Derived Cream are Discharged Sooner. Breastfeed Med. 2016 Apr; 11:133-7. PMID: 26982282.
  4. Hair AB, Blanco CL, Moreira AG, Hawthorne KM, Lee ML, Rechtman DJ, Abrams SA. Randomized trial of human milk cream as a supplement to standard fortification of an exclusive human milk-based diet in infants 750-1250 g birth weight. J Pediatr. 2014 Nov;165(5):915-20. PubMed PMID: 25130571.
  5. Cristofalo EA, Schanler RJ, Blanco CL, Sullivan S, Trawoeger R, Kiechl-Kohlendorfer U, Dudell G, Rechtman DJ, Lee ML, Lucas A, Abrams S. Randomized trial of exclusive human milk versus preterm formula diets in extremely premature infants. J Pediatr. 2013 Dec;163(6):1592-1595.e1. PubMed PMID: 23968744.
  6. Blanco CL, Gong AK, Schoolfield J, Green BK, Daniels W, Liechty EA, Ramamurthy R. Impact of early and high amino acid supplementation on ELBW infants at 2 years. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 May;54(5):601-7. PubMed PMID: 22228000. .
  7. Blanco CL, Gong AK, Green BK, Falck A, Schoolfield J, Liechty EA. Early changes in plasma amino acid concentrations during aggressive nutritional therapy in extremely low birth weight infants. J Pediatr. 2011 Apr;158(4):543-548.e1. PubMed PMID: 21129755.
  8. Sullivan S, Schanler RJ, Kim JH, Patel AL, Trawöger R, Kiechl-Kohlendorfer U, Chan GM, Blanco CL, Abrams S, Cotten CM, Laroia N, Ehrenkranz RA, Dudell G, Cristofalo EA, Meier P, Lee ML, Rechtman DJ, Lucas . An exclusively human milk-based diet is associated with a lower rate of necrotizing enterocolitis than a diet of human milk and bovine milk-based products. J Pediatr. 2010 Apr;156(4):562-7.e1. PubMed PMID: 20036378.
  9. Blanco CL, Falck A, Green BK, Cornell JE, Gong AK. Metabolic responses to early and high protein supplementation in a randomized trial evaluating the prevention of hyperkalemia in extremely low birth weight infants. J Pediatr. 2008 Oct;153(4):535-40. PubMed PMID: 18589451.
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