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 in two community hospitals and as the Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation Services in 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 he is currently 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

  • ABIM (Cardiovascular Diseases) 2011

  • NBE (Echocardiography) 2011

  • ABIM (Internal Medicine) 2010

  • Georgia 2004

  • ABIM (Cardiovascular Diseases) 2000

  • ABIM (Internal Medicine) 2000

  • ABIM (Cardiovascular Diseases) 1995

  • ABIM (Internal Medicine) 1990

  • PHY Georgia Composite State Brd, 2019

  • ABIMCD ABIM, 2004

  • PHY Georgia Composite State Brd, 1975

  • ABIM ABIM, 2000

Awards & Honors

  • 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

  • GMED 5000

    Basic Clkshp Med Pt 1
  • PHAS 5221

    Cardiology
  • RCAR 5000

    Cardiology
  • MEDI 5593

    ECM 1-PBL
  • MEDI 6593

    ECM 2-PBL
  • PHAS 6027

    Adult Medicine Practicum

Teaching Interests

Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 1990
Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 1995
Lectures for second year Physician Assistant students
Clinical Preceptor for third year Physician Assistant students

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • AMPHETAMINE-RELATED CORONARY ARTERY 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
  • Peripheral emboli in a patient with atrial fibrillation: A case report, 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Listerial prosthetic valve endocarditis in a patient with congenitally corrected transposition of the great vessels, 2016
    Other

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.

Professional Service

  • CSRA Chapter of the American Heart Association 2018 - 2020

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

    Role: Member