Kenneth E Blick, PhD

Ken Blick, MD

Everett Tower
Room EB407
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

Research Interests/Sub-Specialty

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.


  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.