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Blandine Bustamante Helfrich, MD, MPH

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Dr. Blandine Bustamante Helfrich is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Vice-Chair of the Department of Clinical and Applied Science Education at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIW SOM).  She earned her M.D. at Weil Cornell Medical College in New York.  Her postgraduate residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology was completed at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Florida.  Dr. Bustamante Helfrich subsequently completed a Fellowship in Obstetric, Gynecologic & Perinatal Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh, Magee-Women’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Bustamante Helfrich has over 20 years of experience practicing hospital-based pathology in Boca Raton, Florida and Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Her clinical appointments included Medical Director of Transfusion Services and Clinical Chemistry at Parkview Health, Fort Wayne, IN, and Medical Director of Parkview Health Laboratories School of Medical Technology.  She was Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology at Indiana University School of Medicine, Fort Wayne Center for Medical Education (1994-2005), and thrice awarded the Clinical Professor of the Year Award. 

After retiring from clinical practice in 2010, Dr. Bustamante Helfrich served in the mission field, traveling to China, Poland, France and Macedonia (FYROM). In 2013, she was Visiting Professor of Pathology on the Faculty of Medical Sciences, at Goce Delčev University, Štip. While teaching in FYROM, she developed a strong burden for the public health needs in that country. Upon her return to the USA in 2013, Dr. Bustamante Helfrich decided to pursue a Master of Public Health degree.  She is a graduate of the Centennial Class (2016) of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she concentrated in Women’s and Reproductive Health, and earned certificates in Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes Research and Health Finance and Management.  Her research interests include associations between placental pathology, maternal characteristics and birth outcomes, and medical education in population health and community engagement.

Dr. Bustamante Helfrich is excited to have joined the faculty team at UIW SOM, where her passion for service translates into facilitating learning for the next generation of physicians through the use of an innovative curriculum.  She embraces the core elements of UIW’s mission: recognizing God’s presence in each person; living out the Christian values; promoting life-long learning; fostering the development of the whole person; searching for and communicating truth; remaining open to innovation within a global perspective; emphasizing social justice and community service; respecting diversity.