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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:

  • Celiac Disease (Celiac Sprue)
  • Colon Cancer
  • Feeding Disorders
  • Feeding Tube Placement (Gastrostomy Tube)
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Gastrostomy Tube Placement
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Nutritional Disorders
  • Obesity
  • PEG Tube Placement
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Short Bowel Syndrome (Short Gut Syndrome)
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)
  • Weight Management

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • 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 Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • 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
  • Veterans Choice Program

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

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:

Carolyn Newberry, MD and Octavia Pickett-Blakely, MD, MHS: You have the power! Implementing the POWER guidelines in everyday practice. AGA Perspectives : 2018.

Octavia Pickett-Blakely, MD, MHS; Kimberly Young; and Rotonya M. Carr, MD: Micronutrients in NAFLD Pathogenesis Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology 6 (4): 451-462,2018.

Rebecca Yao and Octavia Pickett-Blakely: Endoscopy Unit Considerations in the Care of Obese Patients. Bariatric Endoscopy, 2nd Edition : 2018.

Newberry C Rajravelu R, Pickett-Blakely O, Falk G, Yang Y, Lynch K.: Achalasia Patients are at Nutritional Risk Regardless of Presenting Weight Category Digestive Diseases and Sciences 63 (5): 1243,2018.

Torres-Landa Samuel, Kannan Umashankkar, Guajardo Isabella, Pickett-Blakely Octavia E, Dempsey Daniel T, Williams Noel N, Dumon Kristoffel R: Surgical management of obesity. Minerva chirurgica 73 (1): 41-54,2018.

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

Bernstein Gregory R, Pickett-Blakely Octavia: 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, Newberry Carolyn: 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, Kristoffel R. Dumon MD: The Role of BMI Class in Cholecystectomy Following Acute Cholecystitis: An ACS NSQIP Analysis Surgery 160 (3): 699-707,2016.

Octavia Pickett-Blakely: Nutrition and GI: Still hand in hand? AGA Perspectives : 2016.

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)