Dr. Bloom received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and then took his residency at the University of Minnesota. Following 2 years in the Army during the Vietnam War, his fellowship was at the University of Washington in Seattle. After his fellowship he then took a position at the Martin Luther King Jr. General Hospital in South Central Los Angeles where he remained for 21 years. He then moved to the University of Utah in 1992 where he has spent the last 23 years. Within a few months of going to Utah, he was made the Vice-Chairman of the Department. He gave up his administrative responsibilities 11 years ago, however he still remains an active member of the Neonatal Division and still assumes some attending responsibilities.
Shortly after his fellowship he originated the idea and was one of three who crafted the Mead-Johnson Symposium for Perinatal and Developmental Medicine; a series that is now in its 44th year. While in Los Angeles, he led a team working under an NIH contract to develop the Neonatal Educational Program, a 36 modular set of instructional materials which won an award for instructional design and development. Out of this work, a few years later, came the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). Also, while in Los Angeles, with planning support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, he developed the King-Drew Magnet High School in South Central Los Angeles. The school started with 30 students in the 10th grade in a temporary bungalow and an experiential based curriculum. The school is now over 1500 and it has sent many students to UCLA and Berkley, in addition to many highly regarded colleges and universities throughout the country.
For his efforts in obtaining grant funding for, and leading Czech and Slovak neonatologists and nurses in, the creation of unique educational programs he was awarded honorary membership in the Czech Pediatric Society as well as the Slovak Neonatal Society. He has been the recipient of the AAP Award for Education, the Neonatal Section of the AAP’s Award for Education and his Department’s award for Educational Innovation. He has held an Adjunct Professorship at Xi’an Jiaotong University in China, and has authored multiple chapters in books.