Hugh Calkins

Hugh Calkins

Professor of Medicine and Director of Electrophsysiology

Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, Baltimore, US

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Biography

Personal History

Dr Hugh Grosvenor Calkins was born in Boston on December 20, 1956.7 His family moved to the small town of Hamburg, New York, where he grew up as the sixth of nine children.1 His father was a rheumatologist and his mother was a general physician and two of his siblings also went into medicine.1

He enjoys training and mentoring the next generation of electrophysiologists and says his family is his top interest outside of work.1 He and his wife have three children and live in Maryland. He enjoys sailing, skiing, travel and playing tennis.1, 4

 

Academic History

Dr Calkins decided to go into medicine as a teenager and got a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Williams College in 1979. He received his MD from Harvard in 1983 and finished training in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1986. He then completed his cardiology and electrophysiology fellowships at Johns Hopkins in 1989.2

He has clinical and research interests in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias with catheter ablation, the role of device therapy for treating ventricular arrhythmias, the evaluation and management of syncope and the study of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia.

He has certifications from the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease (1989), Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology (1992) and Internal Medicine (1986).2

 

Career Overview

Dr Calkins has over 38 years of experience in the medical field. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology and is on the editorial board of several prestigious publications including The Journal of the American College of Cardiology; HeartRhythm and Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.6 He is a former member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Electrophysiology Boards Test Writing Committee. Dr Calkins is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society. He led a 44-member international task force whose 2012 Expert Consensus Statement gave recommendations for treatment and research of atrial fibrillation. Dr Calkins is a past president of the Heart Rhythm Society and was elected to be a member of the Miler Coulsen Academy of Clinical Excellence in 2014.2

Over two decades ago Dr Calkins founded the Johns Hopkins ARVC Program, which is the largest and most comprehensive clinical and ARVC research program in the world. He is currently leading several research studies in the field on the topics of the role of exercise in ARVC, assessing the risk of sudden death in patients and the relationship between specific genetic mutations and some clinical features of the disease.6

He has published more than 500 articles and book chapters on a wide variety of cardiac arrhythmias. His research has focused predominantly on catheter ablation, atrial fibrillation, syncope and arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia.2

 

Career Timeline

  • 1989 -1992: Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School
  • 1995 - 2016: Member, NEJM Journal Watch Cardiology Editorial Board
  • 2013 - 2014: President, Heart Rhythm Society
  • 2017 - 2020: Member, Cardiology Board, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA
    • 1992 - Present: Director, Arrhythmia Service, Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory and Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia Program
    • 1995 - Present: Director, Tilt Diagnostic Lab
    • 2000 - Present: Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology
    • 2000 - Present: Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
    • 2008 - Present: Professor of Cardiology, Division of Cardiology

 

Recognition2

  • 1988: First Place, Young Investigator Competition, North American Pacing and Electrophysiology
  • 2001, 2003: America's Top Physicians
  • 2002: IBCs 21st Century Award for Achievement
  • 2004: One of the Leading Scientists in the World
  • 2006: Clinical Research Award for Highest Scored Abstract, HRS
  • 2007: Member of the American Clinical and Climatological Association
  • 2008: Inaugural recipient of the Nicholas Fortuin Professorship in Cardiology, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2002, 2005, 2009: Best Doctors in America
  • 2007, 2011: Top Cardiologist by Baltimore Magazine
  • 2014: Inducted into the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence
  • 2014: Named one of the most "Highly Cited" researchers, Thomson Reuters
  • 2019: Inaugural Recipient of the Catherine Ellen Poindexter Professorship in Cardiology, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2019: Founders Lectureship Award, Heart Rhythm Society
  • 2020: Member of the Association of American Physicians

 

Areas of Speciality3

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Interventional Cardiology

 

Sources

  1. https://cardiacrhythmnews.com/hugh-calkins/ 
  2. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/profiles/details/hugh-calkins 
  3. https://health.usnews.com/doctors/hugh-calkins-336274#experience 
  4. https://academic.oup.com/eurheartj/article/41/5/610/5718416?login=true 
  5. https://www.jwatch.org/editors/AU043 
  6. https://professorships.jhu.edu/chair/hugh-g-calkins-md/ 

 

Dr Calkins is on the AER editorial board.

 

Reasearch areas

Atrial Fibrillation

Articles

The 2020 ESC Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Atrial Fibrillation

Agnieszka Kotalczyk, Gregory YH Lip, Hugh Calkins, et al

Published:

Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2021;10(2):65–7.

Risk Stratification in Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy

Ryan Wallace, Hugh Calkins,

Published:

Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2021;10(1):26–32.

What Cannot Be Missed: Important Publications on Electrophysiology in 2020

Sanjiv M Narayan, Hugh Calkins, Andrew Grace, et al

Published:

Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2021;10(1):5–6.

What Cannot Be Missed: Important Publications on Electrophysiology in 2019

Andrew Grace, Hugh Calkins, Ken Ellenbogen, et al

Published:

Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2020;9(1):4.

Progress Continues in Our Quest to Cure All Types of Cardiac Arrhythmias with Catheter Ablation

Hugh Calkins,

Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2018;7(3):156.

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Hugh Calkins,

Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2017;6(1):14.

Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation - Techniques and Technology

George D Katritsis, Hugh Calkins,

Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review, 2012;1(1):29–33

Image Integration Guided Catheter Ablation of Arrhythmias

Jun Dong, Hugh Calkins,

Citation: US Cardiology 2006;3(2):91–4

Image Integration Guided Catheter Ablation of Arrhythmias

Jun Dong, Hugh Calkins,

Citation: European Cardiovascular Disease 2006;2(1):92–4

Image Integration Guided Catheter Ablation of Arrhythmias

Jun Dong, Hugh Calkins,

Citation: US Cardiology 2006;3(1):76–80

Image Integration Guided Catheter Ablation of Arrhythmias

Jun Dong, Hugh Calkins,

Citation: US Cardiology 2005;2(1):170-3

Cryoballoon Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation in Octogenarians

Tauseef Akhtar, Ronald Berger, Joseph E Marine, et al

Published:

Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2020;9(2):104–8.