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John A Blackmon M.D.

John A Blackmon M.D.

Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences
(850) 645-9438
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Dr. Blackmon joined the faculty of the College of Medicine in 2010 after practicing anatomic and clinical pathology in both private and university medical centers. Prior to this appointment, he had participated in the sophomore pathology courses as a courtesy faculty member since 2004. After residency, Dr. Blackmon was a staff pathologist at the Centers for Disease Control, where he was actively involved with the laboratory investigation of the first recognized Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak. Afterward he was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham (UAB). He held appointments as Clinical Assistant and Clinical Associate Professor at UAB while practicing pathology at the Baptist Medical Centers (Princeton and Montclair), also in Birmingham. In 1987, Dr. Blackmon returned to his hometown of Thomasville, Ga., where he was in practice at John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital until his move to FSU.


Dr. Blackmon attended undergraduate school at Florida State University, received his M.D. degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, and was a resident at Duke University Medical Center. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.


1974–1976: Commissioned officer, U.S. Public Health Service

1992–1993: Medical staff president, John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital, Thomasville, Ga.

1993–1998: Medical staff president, combined medical staffs of Archbold Regional Hospital System

1997–2010: Trustee, Archbold Medical Center, Thomasville, Ga.

2005–2010: Chairman, Board of Directors, Archbold Medical Enterprises Inc., Thomasville, Ga.


1974: William Boyd Medal in Pathology, University of Alabama School of Medicine

1982: Outstanding Physician Teaching Award, Baptist Medical Center–Princeton (Birmingham)


College of American Pathologists (Emeritus Fellow)

American Society of Clinical Pathologists (Emeritus Fellow)

Sigma Xi

Research Focus

Dr. Blackmon’s previous research interests have mainly been in the area of pulmonary infection. In his work on Legionnaires' Disease, he described the pulmonary pathology exhibited in the fatal cases from the 1976 Philadelphia outbreak, participated in the initial demonstration of the Legionella pneumophila in human tissues, studied the pathogenesis of pulmonary Legionella infection, and described pulmonary sequelae of the disease. At FSU Dr. Blackmon has collaborated on research related to abnormal fibrosing reactions.


Blackmon J, Pitts A, Pretlow TG: Separation of lipase-positive cells from suspensions of pancreas cells in an isokinetic gradient of ficoll in tissue culture medium. American Journal of Pathology 72: 417-426, 1973.

Chandler FW, Hicklin MD, Blackmon JA: Demonstration of the agent of Legionnaires' disease in tissue. New England Journal of Medicine 297: 1218-1220, 1977.

Blackmon JA, Hicklin MD, Chandler FW, and the Special Expert Pathology Panel: Legionnaires’ Disease: Pathological and historical aspects of a “new” disease. Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 102: 337-343, 1978.

Chandler FW, Blackmon JA, Hicklin MD, Cole RM, Callaway CS: Ultrastructure of the agent of Legionnaires' disease in human lung. American Journal of Clinical Pathology 71: 43-50, 1979.

Blackmon JA, Chandler FW, Hicklin MD: Legionnaires' disease. A review for pathologists. Pathology Annual 14: 383-404, 1979.

Kariman K, Shelburne JD, Goagh W, Zacheck MJ, Blackmon JA: Pathologic findings and long term sequelae in "Legionnaires' disease". Chest 75: 736-739, 1979.

Blackmon JA, Harley RA, Hicklin MD, Chandler FW: Pulmonary sequelae of acute Legionnaires' disease pneumonia. Annals of Internal Medicine 90:552-553, 1979.

Chandler FW, Cole RM, Hicklin MD, Blackmon JA, Callaway CS: Ultrastructure of the Legionnaires' disease bacterium: A study using transmission electron microscopy. Annals of Internal Medicine 90: 642-647, 1979.

Chandler FW, McDade JE, Hicklin MD, Blackmon JA, Thomason BM, Ewing EP: Pathologic findings in guinea pigs inoculated intraperitoneally with the Legionnaires' disease bacterium. Annals of Internal Medicine 90: 671-674, 1979.

Thomason BM, Harris PP, Hicklin MD, Blackmon JA, Moss CW, Mathews F: A Legionella-like bacterium related to WIGA in a fatal case of pneumonia. Annals of Internal Medicine 91: 673-676, 1979.

Hicklin MD, Thomas BM, Chandler FW, Blackmon JA: Pathogenesis of acute Legionnaires' disease pneumonia. Immunofluorescent Microscopic Study. American Journal of Clinical Pathology 73: 480-487, 1980.

Blackmon JA, Chandler FW, Cherry WB, England AC, Feeley JC, Hicklin MD, McKinney RM, Wilkinson HW: Legionellosis: A Review. American Journal of Pathology 103: 427-465, 1981.