Dr. Blatnik

Jeffrey A. Blatnik, MD


Meet Dr. Blatnik


Specialty Areas

  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Hernia repair
  • Minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery
  • Robotic abdominal surgery

Common Procedures

  • Incisional hernia repair
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Ventral hernia
  • Minimally invasive paraoesophageal hernia repair
  • POEM
  • Heller Myotomy

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Incisional hernia
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Ventral hernia
  • Achalasia
  • Paraoesophageal hernia
  • GERD
  • Gallbladder disease


Dr. Jeffrey A. Blatnik leads the Washington University hernia surgery team. Dr. Blatnik is a fellowship-trained minimally invasive surgeon. He earned his medical degree and completed general surgery residency and an abdominal wall surgery fellowship at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Blatnik offers the most advanced surgical techniques for hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction. As the Hernia Center director, he works closely with primary care physicians, imaging experts and other specialists to provide comprehensive care for patients with hernias.

“We work closely with referring physicians and experts from other specialties to ensure that our patients receive all the care they need,” says Dr. Blatnik. “At Washington University, we see more patients with complex hernias than any other center in the area. We are always ready to care for patients with even the most complex cases.”

Dr. Blatnik specializes in incisional hernia, inguinal hernia and ventral hernia repair, as well as revisional hernia surgery and treatments for benign esophageal diseases. He has experience fixing common hernias as well as the most complex cases. Dr. Blatnik is committed to helping patients understand their treatment options and make the best decisions for their health.


Board Certifications
General Surgery

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, 2003-2007

2007-2009; 2011-2014 General Surgery Residency, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

2009-2011 Dudley P. Allen Research Scholar, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

2014-2015 Minimally Invasive / Flexible Endoscopy / Abdominal Wall Fellowship, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

Professional Memberships
American College of Surgeons

American Hernia Society

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Central Surgical Society

Awards and Honors
2019 General Surgery Faculty Mentorship Award

2019 General Surgery Resident Teaching Award

2016 Participant Department of Surgery Leadership Learning series


Areas of Research Interest
Abdominal wall hernias, Prosthetic mesh

Click here for list of publications.
Financial Disclosures
Consultant – Intuitive Surgical

BD Research Support – Cook, Ethicon


Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Patients Seen At
Barnes Jewish West County Hospital
1040 N. Mason Road
Medical Building 4, Suite 310
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Center for Advanced Medicine
Gastrointestinal Center
4921 Parkview Place
Floor 12, Suite B
St. Louis, MO 63110