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Octavia E. Pickett-Blakely, MD, MHS

Octavia E. Pickett-Blakely, MD, MHS Physician

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 & Services:

  • Cancer
    • Anal Cancer
    • Colon Cancer
    • Esophageal Cancer
    • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Risk Evaluation Program
    • Gastrointestinal Cancer Evaluation Center (GICEC)
    • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
    • Liver Cancer
    • Pancreatic Cancer
    • Rectal Cancer
    • Small Intestine Cancer
    • Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
  • Gastroenterology
    • General Gastroenterology Consultation
    • Motility and Functional Bowel Conditions

Board Certification:

  • Gastroenterology, 2010
  • Internal Medicine, 2006

Conditions & Treatments:

  • 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


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:

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 Gastroenterolgy and Hepatology : 2014.

Carolyn Newberry, Obiora Ozor, Oleg Shulik, Octavia Pickett-Blakely: Demographic Factors Associated with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Digestive Diseases Week : 2014.

Pickett-Blakely OE, Huizinga MM, Clark JM.: Sociodemographic trends in bariatric surgery utilization in the USA. Obesity Surgery 22 (5): 838-42,2012.

Barr Hugh, Upton Melissa P, Orlando Roy C, Armstrong David, Vieth Michael, Neumann Helmut, Langner Cord, Wiley Elizabeth L, Das Kiron M, Pickett-Blakely Octavia E, Bajpai Manisha, Amenta Peter S, Bennett Ana, Going James J, Younes Mamoun, Wang Helen H, Taddei Antonio, Freschi Giancarlo, Ringressi Maria Novella, Degli'innocenti Duccio Rossi, Castiglione Francesca, Bechi Paolo: Barrett's esophagus: histology and immunohistology. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1232 (1): 76-92,2011.

Pickett-Blakely O, Bleich SN, Cooper LA: The role of patient-physician gender concordance in weight-related counseling of obese patients American Journal of Preventive Medicine 40 (6): 616-619,2011.

Ginsberg GG, Pickett-Blakely O: Endoscopic considerations in the care of obese patients Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America 21 (2): 265-274,2011.

Bleich SN, Pickett-Blakely O, Cooper, LA: Physician practice patterns of obesity diagnosis and weight-related counseling. Patient Education and Counseling 82 (1): 123-129,2011.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
One Convention Ave
9 Penn Tower

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 349-8222
Fax: (215) 349-5915