Joe Calkins

Professor

Joe Calkins

Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine: Cardiology

College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Physician Assistant

Bio

Dr. Calkins is a graduate of the George Washington University (BA) and Virginia Commonwealth University (MD). He was a resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a fellow in Cardiovascular Diseases at the George Washington University and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Calkins spent 11 years in private practice, initially as a primary care internist and subsequently as a general cardiologist in Virginia. He served as the Medical Director of Cardiology Services at two community hospitals and as the Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation Services at another during this time.

He joined the medical staff at the Augusta V.A. Medical Center and the Medical College of Georgia in 2004. Dr. Calkins practiced general cardiology at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 15 years. He was the Chief of the Cardiology section, the Medical Director of Echocardiography and the V.A. Associate Director for the Cardiology Fellowship Program. He became a full time faculty member at Augusta University in September, 2019 and the Director of the Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program in March, 2020.

Dr. Calkins is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Echocardiography. His areas of clinical focus include general clinical cardiology, echocardiography and medical education. Dr. Calkins has participated in clinical research involving acute coronary syndromes, atrial fibrillation, noninvasive cardiac imaging, contrast-induced nephropathy and thromboembolic disease.

Dr. Calkins served on the ACCME/CME Committee of the American Society of Echocardiography and as the President of the CSRA Chapter of the American Heart Association.

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Education

  • MD, Medicine Virginia Commonwealth Universi, 1987

  • BA, Zoology/Animal Biology George Washington University, 1983

Certifications

  • Board Recertification, Echocardiography, National Board of Echocardiography 2021

  • Board recertification, Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine 2020

  • Fellow, American Heart Association 2020

  • Fellow, American Society of Echocardiography 2015

  • Board certification, Echocardiography, National Board of Echocardiography 2011

  • Board recertification, Cardiovascular Diseases, American Board of Internal Medicine 2011

  • Georgia Medical License 2004

  • Fellow, American College of Physicians 2001

  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology 1997

  • Board recertification, Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine 2010

  • PHY Georgia Composite State Brd, 2019

  • ABIMCD ABIM, 2004

  • Board recertification, Cardiovascular Diseases, American Board of Internal Medicine 2000

  • PHY Georgia Composite State Brd, 1975

  • ABIM ABIM, 2000

  • Board recertification, Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine 2000

  • Board certification, Cardiovascular Diseases, American Board of Internal Medicine 1995

  • Board certification, Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine 1990

Awards & Honors

  • Exemplary Teaching Award Medical College of Georgia, 2020

  • Performance Award Department of Veterans Affairs, 2014

  • Service Award Department of Veterans Affairs, 2014

  • Internal Medicine House Staff Teaching Award Medical College of Georgia, 2012

  • Family Medicine Teaching Award American Academy of Family Physicians, 2001

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • RCAR 5000

    Cardiology
  • GMED 5000

    Basic Clerkship GMED
  • PHAS 5221

    Cardiology
  • GMED 5017

    Cardiology Consult
  • RMED 5000

    Medicine
  • GMED 5011

    Medicine Sub-I

Teaching Interests

Clinical Medicine
Clinical Cardiology
Electrocardiography
Echocardiography

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Recurrent Reversible Cardiomyopathy: A Rare Atypical Variant in a Young Patient with Undiagnosed Pheochromocytoma, 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • The Safety of Phosphodiesterase-5 Inhibitors in Valvular Heart Disease, 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Amphetamine-Related Coronary Dissection Leading to Cardiac Arrest, 2020
    Conference Proceeding
  • Chest Pain Treated with an Esophageal Stent: Esophageal Rupture Mimicking Inferolateral ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction with Junctional Rhythm, 2020
    Conference Proceeding
  • A Missing Chest Piece: A Rare Etiology of Musculoskeletal Chest Pain, 2019
    Conference Proceeding

Research Interests


Calkins JB, Lichtenfels KE: “Recognition of Errors in ECG Recording”. Global Library of Scientific Images. https://globallibraryofscientificimages.com/single/2018/12/reversal-of-the-arm-electrodes/, 2018.

Gardner JD, Maddox WR, Calkins JB: “Iatrogenic Aorto-Coronary Arteriovenous Fistula Following Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: A Case Report and Complete Review of the Literature.” Case Reports in Cardiology. 2012; 2012: 652086. Published online 2012 October 31. DOI: 10.1155/2012/652086.

Calkins JB, Talley JD, Kim NH: “Iatrogenic Aorto-Coronary Venous Fistula as a Complication of Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Patient Report and Review of the Literature.” Catheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis. 37:55-59. 1996.

Department Service

  • Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program 2020 - Present

  • Clinical Competence Committee, Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Selection Committee 2011 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • Internal Medicine Residency Quality Improvement Committee 2011 - 2013

    Role: Committee Member
  • Internal Medicine Residency Selection Committee 2011 - 2013

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Due Process Subcommittee 2020 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Chief, Cardiology Section, Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center 2015 - 2019

Professional Service

  • CSRA Chapter of the American Heart Association 2017 - 2021

    Role: Officer, President/Elect/Past
  • ACME/CME Committee, American Society of Echocardiography 2012 - 2015

    Role: Member