800 N.E. 13th
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73190
PHONE: (405) 271-7632
E-MAIL: Ken Blick
Professor of Pathology
Director of Clinical Chemistry
Director of Immunoassay/Endocrine Laboratories
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)
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
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.
Holland LL, Smith LL, Blick KE: Total laboratory automation can help eliminate the laboratory as a factor in emergency department length of stay. Am J Clin Pathol. May 2006;125(5):765-770.
Straface AL, Myers JH, Kirchick HJ, Blick KE. A rapid point-of-care cardiac marker testing strategy facilitates the rapid diagnosis and management of chest pain patients in the Emergency Department. Am J Clin Pathol May 2008;129(5):788-795.
Holland L, Blick K. Implementing and validating transcutaneous bilirubinometry for neonates. AJCP. Oct 2009;132(6):555-561.
Beavers C, Harrison M, Gehrs B, Blick KE, Lethargy and seizures in a 52-year-old male, Lab Med, July 2009; 40(7);405-407.
Beavers CT, Kern W, Blick KE. Isolated acute thrombocytopenia in a 21-year-old Caucasian male [Case Report] Lab Med, June 2009;40(6):337-339.
Blick KE. Game on! Real-time outreach testing: the key to survival when competing with the big reference laboratories. Adv Adm Lab, April 2009.
Hassell LA, Blick KE. Avoiding the swamp of unmet expectations [Report] Lab Med Feb 2010;41(2):108-110.
Blick, KE. A look at the laboratory of the future. Advance/Laboratory Jan 2011;20(1)16.
Blick KE. Challenges in immunoassay standardization: small gains but hurdles remain. Advance for Medical Laboratory Professionals April 2011;23(8);14-15.
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.
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.