Melvin S. Blanchard, MD, FACP, is the Chair of Medicine at GBMC. Most recently, he was Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine, and Chief of General Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Blanchard earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. During residency, he was selected as a third-year Chief Resident at the affiliated VA Medical Center.
Dr. Blanchard’s contributions to medical education and leadership have been nationally recognized through his leadership in the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), an organization that provides training to medical educators over the continuum of Internal Medicine education, where he serves as Vice Chair of the board. He is also a past president of the Association of Program Directors in Medicine (APDIM).
Dr. Blanchard has remained clinically active in outpatient and inpatient settings throughout his career. He believes that everything physicians do (whether it’s clinical services, education, or research) should focus on three things: preventing human disease, improving how patients feel, and improving how patients function.