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Octavia E. Pickett-Blakely, MD, MHS

Octavia E. Pickett-Blakely, MD, MHS Physician

Director, GI Nutrition, Celiac Sprue and Obesity Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Pickett-Blakely is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Medicine
    • Gastroenterology

Programs & Centers:

  • Cancer
    • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Risk Evaluation Program
    • Gastrointestinal Cancer Evaluation Center (GICEC)
    • Gastrointestinal Cancer Program
  • Gastroenterology
    • Endoscopy and GI Diagnosis
    • Gastrointestinal Surgery Consultation
    • General Gastroenterology Consultation

Board Certification:

  • Gastroenterology, 2010
  • Internal Medicine, 2006

Clinical Expertise:

  • Anal Cancer
  • Anemia
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • breath testing
  • celiac sprue
  • Colon Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • feeding disorders
  • feeding tubes
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • gastrostomy tube placement
  • Liver Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Nutritional Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • PEG placement
  • Rectal Cancer
  • short gut syndrome
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach (Gastric) Cancer

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital


American Gastroenterology Association, National American Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition, National American Society of Gastrointesinal Endoscopy, National Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Pickett-Blakely is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Radnor: Has privileges to perform procedures.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Pickett-Blakely, OE, Lee, Linda: Obesity and GI Disease Gastrointestinal Clinics of North America : 2016.

Lukejohn W. Day MD, Susana Gonzalez MD, Antonio Mendoza Ladd MD, Juan Carlos Bucobo, Octavia Pickett-Blakely, Amy Tilara, Jennifer Christie MD: Diversity in Gastroenterology in the U.S.: Where Are We Now? Where Should We Go? Gastrointestinal Endoscopy : 2015.

Anna Buchner, Octavia Pickett-Blakely, Faten Aberra, Wojciech Blonski, Gary Lichtenstein: The utility of capsule endoscopy for the diagnosis and management of Crohn's disease in patients referred to a tertiary Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center American Journal of Gastroenterology supplement : 2015.

Charlene Compher, PhD, RD, Joseph Boullata, PharmD, Octavia Pickett-Blakely, MD, MHS, Phyllis Schiavone, MSN, CRNP, Nancy Stoner, RN, MSN, Bruce Kinosian, MD: Clinical Management of Patients With Parenteral Nutrition-Dependent Short Bowel Syndrome During Teduglutide Therapy Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition : 2015.

Pickett-Blakely, OE: The management of obesity Doctors on Air WURD radio : 2015.

Pickett-Blakely, OE: Obesity and Women's Health Gastrointestinal Clinics of North America : 2015.

Oleg Shulik, Andy Cuchhiara, Octavia Pickett-Blakely: The Diagnostic Yield of Endoscopy and Colonoscopy for Isolated Unintentional Weight Loss American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting : 2014.

Matthew Whitson, Carolyn Newberry, Octavia Pickett-Blakely: An Unusual Case of Small Bowel Diverticulosis American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting : 2014.

Pickett-Blakely, OE: Obesity and irritable bowel syndrome: a comprehensive review Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology 10(7) : 411-6,2014.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
7 South Pavilion

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 349-8222
Fax: (215) 349-5915
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)