Navy-Trained Physician Brings 25+ Years of Experience to Manteo
Warren Blackburn M.D.
Sentara Family Medicine Physicians, Division of Albemarle Physician Services - Sentara, Inc.
“One of my patients recently posted on social media that seeing me was ‘like putting on an old, worn slipper,’” says Warren Blackburn, M.D., chuckling. “I thought, ‘Well, she got the old part right!’
“But, I took it as a huge compliment that she felt so comfortable with me right off the bat.”
The notably warm and fuzzy Dr. Blackburn recently joined Sentara Family Medicine Physicians, a division of Albemarle Physician Services – Sentara, Inc. He has 25 years of experience providing general care to families, each of them with different needs.
Patient-Centered Approach to Family Medicine
“I enjoy the variety that family practice offers, whether it is prevention or identifying and finding solutions to problems,” says Dr. Blackburn. “It is special to be able to get involved in caring for generations of family members. You get to know them on a personal level, which is very rewarding.”
In their Manteo, North Carolina, clinic, Dr. Blackburn and Jeri (Denise) Griggs, nurse practitioner, provide care for people who are young adults and older. They offer immunizations and preventive care. They also evaluate and treat problems like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
“Denise brings sanity to the table,” says Dr. Blackburn. “She’s been in our community for over a decade. Patients love her and feel comfortable seeing her. We work very closely and provide coverage for one another so our patients will always have seamless care.”
Dr. Blackburn prides himself on listening and spending time with patients to solve any problems they may be dealing with. “When I’m with a patient, there is nothing more important. I give them my complete attention.”
Partnering With Specialists When Necessary
When specialty care is necessary, Dr. Blackburn and Ms. Briggs work with specialists in the area including cardiologists, general surgeons, ENT physicians and orthopedic surgeons.
“We have a strong relationship with many specialists and refer patients to these trusted partners. They provide care at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City,” says Dr. Blackburn. “If it is something more complicated, being part of Sentara means we can lean on Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for that extra level of support.”
Regardless of where patients receive specialty care, Dr. Blackburn continues to serve as the patient’s primary physician and manages any follow-up care. With the implementation of a system-wide electronic medical record, Dr. Blackburn can follow patients at any Sentara hospital.
Small-Town Living Has Advantages
Dr. Blackburn and his family spent summers vacationing in the Outer Banks. “When a position opened up with Sentara, my wife and I jumped at the chance because we knew we loved the area and wanted to land here.”
“It has been a perfect fit,” says Dr. Blackburn. “I enjoy interacting with my patients in the community and don’t mind them seeing me in my blue jeans. Maybe that lifestyle isn’t for every physician, but it works well for me.”
As more patients seek care, Dr. Blackburn anticipates bringing other family medicine providers to the team. “Part of my role is to use my experience to build this practice so that we can care for the generations to come,” says Dr. Blackburn. “We want to make sure everyone has access to quality family medicine when they need it.”
When he isn’t treating patients, Dr. Blackburn enjoys yardwork, gardening and lending his handy skills at home or at church. His children are within driving distance, making it easy to have quick reunions.
“My wife and I believe we fit best in small communities,” says Dr. Blackburn. “We’re low-key and don’t take ourselves too seriously. I just want to take good care of folks.”
Dr. Blackburn is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He received his training from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and completed his internship and residency with the Naval Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina.
He spent two years at a military base in Guam and four years at the Marine Corp Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina. He left the U.S. Navy in 1992 and moved to Louisburg, North Carolina, where he was in family practice for 23 years before joining Sentara Healthcare.