Spotlight on Dr. Eric Blomain

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Since the age of four, Eric Blomain, MD knew he wanted to be a doctor. As a child growing up in Avoca, he idolized his father, Dr. Bill Blomain, a family practitioner. He often accompanied his father on house calls. “It’s like I was imprinted with medicine,” he said. “I’ve known richer doctors, smarter doctors and more famous doctors, but no one who cared more about his patients than my father. He loved his patients and they loved him.”

After graduating from Scranton Prep, Dr. Blomain attended Cornell University and then Thomas Jefferson University for medical school. “I’ve always liked building things and working with my hands, so I knew early on that I wanted a surgical career and was thinking about heart surgery,” he said. “Then a good friend suggested plastic surgery because he thought I was creative and would enjoy building something from nothing.” Trusting that advice, he went to the University of Virginia to complete a plastic surgery residency, after which Dr. Blomain said, “I’ve never worked a day in my life.” He explained, “Sometimes after a long surgery, the nurses will say to me ‘you look like you’re ready to go to the gym.’ That’s because I’ve been playing, not working. For me, practicing medicine has been a privilege and a blessing.”

The rewards of his career have made Dr. Blomain eager to share his knowledge with Geisinger Commonwealth students. “I and 1,199 other community faculty teach for love of the school,” he said. “I’ve never seen an entity unify a region like the medical school has – every group, doctors, politicians, bankers – we all gathered under one banner. The community especially rallied. When the Medical Sciences Building was going up, an ironworker told me, ‘This building is so important to us, we check every rivet twice.’”

While the building is solid, it’s the students who have made it exceptional, Dr. Blomain said. “I try to impart two things to my students: they should always listen to their patients and always show the patient that they care. In return, I find that the teaching goes both ways. Good students teach us. They reinvigorate the joy in medicine, the fascination and the beauty.”