Matt Blankenship, MD found his fascination with medicine and patient care at a young age, growing up as the son of a urologist. He watched his father with eager interest as he cared for his patients and the community around him. Dr. Blankenship wanted the same for his career. He chose the field of gastroenterology because it offered him a multifaceted experience in the practice of medicine with plenty of time with patients, but also a nice balance between gastroenterology procedures and clinic time.
His pursuit of medicine began at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where he earned his Medical Doctorate, as well as pursued his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology. During his time at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Blankenship achieved admission to Alpha Omega Alpha, an esteemed national medical honor society.
Dr. Blankenship began practicing medicine in 2007, joining the gastroenterologists of Adult Gastroenterology Associates in Tulsa, Oklahoma. When it comes to his practice and his patients, Dr. Blankenship always puts his patients first. He says, “As doctors, we don’t always have the ‘slam dunk’ perfect answer to symptoms or problems, but when we work closely with the patient, we can rule out certain issues, control symptoms, and ensure that each patient enjoys the highest quality of life possible.”
Dr. Blankenship is board certified in gastroenterology, with a special focus on colon cancer prevention, reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
In his spare time, Dr. Blankenship enjoys playing basketball—mostly pick-up games, these days—and spending time with his kids. He also has an affinity for history and literature, an attraction that began in his early years of college as an English major.
We don’t always have the ‘slam dunk’ perfect answer to symptoms or problems, but when we work closely with the patient, we can rule out certain issues, control symptoms, and ensure that each patient enjoys the highest quality of life possible.– Matt Blankenship, MD Adult Gastroenterology Associates, Tulsa, OK
Education, Memberships, Awards, and Affiliations
- University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Gastroenterology Fellow
- University of Oklahoma College of Medicine—Tulsa, Internal Medicine Resident
- University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine with distinction
- Member, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopists
- Member, American Society of Gastroenterology
- Member, Alpha Omega Alpha
- Richard A. Marshall Award, 2004
- Crimson Apple Award, 2004
- Medical Book Award, 2000
- Goldia D. Cooksey Award, 1996
- Arkansas Oklahoma Endoscopic Society President, 2017-2019
- Arkansas Oklahoma Endoscopic Society Vice President, 2015-2017