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Faculty and Staff


Kenneth E Blick, PhD

Kenneth E. Blick, PhD

Professor of Pathology

Director of Clinical Chemistry

Director of Immunoassay/Endocrine Laboratories

Everett Tower
Room EB407
800 N.E. 13th
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73190


Academic Section(s):



Western Kentucky University
B.S.-ACS Chemistry, Mathematics (1966)

University of Kentucky
Ph.D.-Inorganic Chemistry/Analytical Spectroscopy (1969)

University of Kentucky
Postdoctoral Fellow (1970)


  • University of Kentucky
    Postdoctoral Fellow (1970)

Clinical/Research Interests:

The majority of our work has been focused in the use of laboratory information systems to a) improve the flow of patient information in the hospital; b) interpret laboratory results using expert systems technology; c) apply decision making software to improve quality in the laboratory; and d) improve specific applications development in anatomic pathology and blood bank. We have also used information systems to build databases in cancer studies where we have investigated the use of tumor ploidy, and other markers, for their diagnostic and prognostic value. Pituitary tumors have been an area of focus. Similar approaches have been used with databases and statistics to evaluate the utilization of laboratory tests for a) immunosuppressive drugs; b) tumor markers; c) cardiovascular disease markers; and d) various endocrinologic assays. We have also studied various approaches for automating immunoassays used for measuring various hormones, drugs, viral antigens, tumor markers, etc.

Select Honors & Accomplishments:

  • Outstanding Speaker Award, 2005, American Association for Clinical Chemistry
  • Elected to Board of Directors, National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry
  • Regents Award for Superior Professional and University Service, 2008

Select Publications:

  1. Blick KE. Challenges in immunoassay standardization: small gains but hurdles remain. Advance for Medical Laboratory Professionals April 2011;23(8);14-15.

  2. Blick, KE, Fry HD. Real-time testing for cardiac markers: Laboratory’s key role in improvement of emergency department cardiac care. In: peer-reviewed monograph: Improving Efficiencies Within the Emergency Department, Springfield, Mo.: Medavera, May 2011:17-21.

  3. Blick KE: Advantages of automation in the bioanalytical laboratory. Bioanalysis. 2013 August;5(16):1-2.

  4. Blick KE. Providing critical laboratory results on time, every time, to help reduce emergency department length of stay. Am J Clin Pathol August 2013;140(2):193-202. PMID:23897254

  5. Chang T, Akl P, Blick K. Markedly elevated indirect bilirubin in an 11-year-old African American boy: Normal or aberrant? [Review] Lab Med August 2013;44:262-266
  6. Williams CW, Jones R, Akl P, Blick KE: An automated real-time free phenytoin assay to replace the obsolete Abbott TDx method. Lab Med; Jan 2014;45(1):48-51. doi:10.1309/LMFCR2FWS1IMV4GX

  7. Blick KE. The benefits of a rapid, point-of-care "Tnl-only" zero and 2-hour protocol for the evaluation of chest pain patients in the emergency department. Clin Lab Med. March 2014;34(1):75-85. PMID:24507788

  8. Akl P, Blick KE: A case of false-positive test results in a pregnant woman of unknown HIV status at delivery. Lab Med. 2014 Summer;45(3);259-263. PMID: 25051080 [PubMed - in process] doi: 10.1309/LMAAGVXK05LUWOQN.  

  9. Blick KE (2015) The ten commandments of modern laboratory practice: Insuring the survival of your hospital emergency department and other critical care areas. [Short Communication] Emerg Med (Los Angel) 5:237. doi: 10.4172/2165-7548.1000237. Published online January 26, 2015; Issue #2.

  10. Williams C, Akl P, Blick KE. Assessment of fetal lung maturity by lamellar body count in comparison to the fluorescence polarization TDx FLM-II and L/S ratio methods. J Neonatal Biol. 2017 May 16, 6: 256. doi: 10.4172/2167-0897.1000256.

Book Chapter

  1. Blick KE and Passey RB:  Quality Control for the Clinical Laboratory.   In LA Kaplan, AJ Pesce, and S Kazmierczak, ed., Clinical Chemistry, 4th Edition: Theory, Analysis, Correlation, Philadelphia: Mosby, 2003.

Adjunct Faculty

Sepideh Nikki Asadbeigi, MD

Sepideh N Asadbeigi, MD

Assistant Professor - Pathology


Adjunct Faculty - Dermatology

Prabir K. Chakraborty, PhD

Prabir K. Chakraborty, PhD

Assistant Professor (Research)

Daniel J. Cowden, MD, FCAP, CPHIMS

Daniel J. Cowden, MD, FCAP, CPHIMS

Clinical Associate Professor

Charles Esmon, PhD

Charles Esmon, PhD

Lloyd Noble Chair, Cardiovascular Research

Member & Head, Cardiovascular Biology Research at OMRF

Adjunct Professor, Pathology

Adjunct Professor, Biochemistry

Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

David M Lewis, DDS

David M. Lewis, DDS

Associate Professor
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Pathology

Yuechueng Liu, PhD

Yuechueng Liu, PhD

Associate Professor of Pathology

Jeffrey McBride, MD, PhD

Jeffrey McBride, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Director of Dermatopathology

Adjunct Faculty - Pathology

Charles A. Montgomery, DVM, DACVP, DACLAM

Charles A. Montgomery, DVM, DACVP, DACLAM

Adjunct Professor
Department of Pathology
Division of Comparative Medicine

Kathy L. Moser, PhD

Kathy L. Moser, PhD

Associate Member, Arthritis & Immunology Program

Adjunct Faculty, Pathology

Aravindan Natarajan

Aravindan Natarajan, MS., MPhil., PhD., CCA.

Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology,
Associate Professor (Adjunct), Department of Anesthesiology,
Associate Professor (Adjunct), Department of Pathology
Course Director, Radiation Biology for Radiation Oncology Residents
Graduate Faculty, College of Medicine
Member, Cancer Biology Program

Amr H. Sawalha, MD

Amr H. Sawalha, MD

Assistant Member
Arthritis and Immunology Research Program

Assistant Professor of Medicine 
Department of Medicine

Staff Physician 
Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Oklahoma City

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Pathology