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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 employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Gastroenterology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Gastroenterology, 2010

Clinical Expertise:

  • Anal Cancer
  • Anemia
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Breath Testing
  • Celiac Disease (Celiac Sprue)
  • Colon Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Feeding Disorders
  • Feeding Tube Placement (Gastrostomy Tube)
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Gastrostomy Tube Placement
  • Liver Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Nutritional Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • PEG Tube Placement
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Short Bowel Syndrome (Short Gut Syndrome)
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer (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
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • 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 employed by Penn Medicine.

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:

Newberry Carolyn, McKnight Lindsay, Sarav Menaka: Going gluten free: the history and nutritional implications of today's most popular diet Current Gastroenterology Reports 19 (11): 54,2017.

Bernstein Gregory R: De novo inflammatory bowel disease after bariatric surgery: A case series and literature review Digestive Diseases and Sciences 62 (3): 817-820,2017.

Pickett-Blakely Octavia: Future therapies in obesity Gastroenterology Clinics of North America 45 (4): 705-714,2016.

Christopher J. Neylan BA, Scott M. Damrauer MD, Rachel R. Kelz MD, John T. Farrar MD PhD, Daniel T. Dempsey MD, Major K. Lee IV MD PhD, Giorgos C. Karakousis MD, Colleen M. Tewksbury MPH RD LDN, Octavia E. Pickett-Blakely MD MHS, Noel N. Williams MD: The Role of BMI Class in Cholecystectomy Following Acute Cholecystitis: An ACS NSQIP Analysis Surgery 160 (3): 699-707,2016.

Nutrition and GI: Still hand in hand? AGA Perspectives : 2016.

Pickett-Blakely: Obesity in women: The clinical impact on gastrointestinal and reproductive health and disease management Gastroenterology Clinics of North America 45 (2): 317-31,2016.

Carolyn Newberry, MD, Ann Tierney, M.S., Octavia Pickett-Blakely, MD: Lactulose Hydrogen Breath Test Result Is Associated with Age and Gender BioMed Research International 2016 : 1-5,2016.

Day Lukejohn W, Gonzalez Susana, Mendoza Ladd Antonio, Bucobo Juan Carlos, Pickett-Blakely Octavia, Tilara Amy: Diversity in gastroenterology in the United States: Where are we now? Where should we go? Gastrointestinal Endoscopy : 2016.

Anna Buchner, Octavia Pickett-Blakely, Faten Aberra, Wojciech Blonski: 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: Clinical Management of Patients With Parenteral Nutrition-Dependent Short Bowel Syndrome During Teduglutide Therapy Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition : 2015.

Academic Contact Info

3400 Civic Center Boulevard
7 South Pavilion
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

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