For Eric S. Blacher, MD, MPH, staff physician at UT Physicians Multispecialty – Cinco Ranch, practicing medicine is more than a job — it’s a calling.
“I don’t just leave the clinic and shut my doctor brain off. In the middle of the night, I often think about how my patients are doing, concerned what their diagnostic testing results will show or wondering how they’re progressing with their management plans,” Blacher said.
For this family medicine specialist, it is important to develop trusting relationships with his patients.
“I think it’s because my partnership with my patients goes well beyond transactional. It’s relational. It involves compassion and the gift of listening intently,” Blacher said. “I really want to know the whole patient and help them achieve their health goals.”
His desire to help others runs in the family.
“My father is a cardiologist, and my grandfather was an old-school family doctor. He carried a black bag, wore a bow tie, and made house calls,” Blacher said. “For me, medicine is a culture and lifestyle of service to others that I’m privileged to be a part of.”
Originally from Miami, Florida, Blacher graduated from St. George’s University’s School of Medicine and completed his residency training at New York–Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He moved to Texas in 2014 to begin his career in Houston area hospitals and receive training in aerospace medicine.
Blacher joined UT Physicians in September 2022 because it offered him an opportunity to pursue his most fervent passions in medicine.
“It’s incumbent upon me to teach the next generation of physicians the art and science of medicine. I wanted to be involved with academic medicine and teach UT medical students,” he said. “I also wanted to be able to treat children. My previous practice didn’t offer pediatric services.”
Nothing is more satisfying to Blacher than helping individuals reach their health goals.
“I love the challenge and opportunity to partner with the patient in the context of the patient-centered medical home model to prevent disease, manage current conditions using evidence-based medicine, and improve their quality of life,” he said. “This is why it’s important for me to know my patients so I can tailor their care.”
“I became a doctor to take care of and serve others,” Blacher added.
When he is not caring for patients in the clinic, Blacher is caring for them in the Air Force Reserve as a flight surgeon for a fighter jet squadron. He dedicates his free time to his wife and two children. He somehow even manages to coach baseball.
“I love my work, but family and the things that make them happy are my priority,” he said.
To schedule an appointment with this primary care physician, call UT Physicians Multispecialty – Cinco Ranch at (713) 486-5300.