A native of Murray, Kentucky, CAPT Blivin graduated from Murray State University, Kentucky (summa cum laude) in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics. While a student there in 1984, Admiral Kinnaird Rowe McKee, director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion, selected Blivin as an Exceptional Student for the U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate program.
Following completion of his initial nuclear power and submarine training, Blivin served as nuclear engineer and submarine qualified officer aboard the San Diego-based USS Barb (SSN 596), a Permit-class attack submarine, 1988-1989; and the San Diego-based USS Drum (SSN 677), a Sturgeon-class attack submarine, 1990-1991.
On USS Barb he served as the chemistry and radiological controls officer. While deployed to the Northern Pacific, he participated in special operations before the Barb’s decommissioning at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton. After transferring to USS Drum he undertook duties as sonar officer and completed a Western Pacific deployment. He also participated in RIMPAC multinational task force exercises.
Subsequent to submarine service, Blivin served as the director for Nuclear and Engineering programs, Navy Recruiting Area One in Scotia, New York, and then resigned his line officer commission and was recommissioned U.S. Navy ensign in the Naval Medical Corps as a Navy Health Professional Services Scholarship medical student in 1993.
Blivin received his Doctor of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1997. He completed family medicine residency training in 2000 at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida before serving as the Primary Care Department Head and Chief of the Medical Staff at Naval Medical Clinic, Quantico, Virginia.
In 2004, Blivin completed sports medicine fellowship training in San Diego, California, and then served as the 3d Marine Logistics Group Officer in Charge, Sports Medicine and Reconditioning Team (SMART) centers in Okinawa, Japan. He deployed to Sri Lanka in support of Operation Unified Assistance, Combined Support Force 536, following the 2004 Southeast Asia tsunami and to multiple other Asian countries in support of 3d Marine Logistics Group operations 2004-2008. In 2007, he served as group surgeon, 3d Marine Logistics Group.
Blivin then reported to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in July 2008. There he served as Department Head, Sports Medicine and as Director, Branch Health Clinics. The Surgeon General of the Navy appointed him as the Navy’s Sports Medicine Specialty Leader.
In January 2012, Blivin assumed duties as Force Surgeon, II Marine Expeditionary Force, where he oversaw the health and readiness of 53,000 Marines and Sailors who deploy in support of Combatant Commander requirements for contingency and crisis response as well as major theater war. He also served as Force Surgeon, 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade during the multinational Exercise Bold Alligator 2013. Since September 2014, Blivin’s previous assignments were Executive Officer, Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, Texas, and Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy, the largest Naval Hospital in Europe. In July 2018, he reported to Headquarters Marine Corps for duty as Deputy Medical Officer of the Marine Corps.
Blivin is board certified in Family Medicine and is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He holds Fellow status in The American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He served on the ACSM Health & Fitness Summit Program Committee.
Blivin earned the Fleet Marine Force qualified officer and submarine qualified officer (gold dolphins) warfare specialty pins as well as the Marine Corps’ Martial Arts tan belt. Personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), as well as numerous other military decorations and unit awards