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Hugh Grosvenor Calkins, MD

Director, Cardiac Arrhythmia Service
Professor of Medicine
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  • Director, Cardiac Arrhythmia Service
  • Director, Johns Hopkins ARVD Program
  • Director, Electrophysiology Laboratory
  • Director, Tilt Table Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics

Centers & Institutes

  • ARVD (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia / Cardiomyopathy) Program
  • Atrial Fibrillation Center
  • Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Service


Ablation, Arrhythmia, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia, Atrial Fibrillation, Atrial Flutter, Bradycardia, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiovascular Disease, Cardioversion, Catheter Ablation Therapy, Defibrillators, Device Therapy, Electrophysiology, Heart Block, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Therapy, Irregular Heartbeat, Pacemakers, Palpitations, Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia, Sudden Cardiac Death, Supraventricular Tachycardia, Syncope, Tachycardias, Tilt Table Test, Ventricular Arrhythmias, Ventricular Tachycardia, Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

Research Interests

Device therapy for treatment of ventricular arrhythmias; atrial fibrillation ablation; sudden cardiac death; syncope; arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia; catheter ablation; atrial fibrillation


Dr Hugh Calkins is the Nicholas J. Fortuin M.D. Professor of Cardiology and Director of the EP Laboratory and Arrhythmia Service at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Calkins attended Williams College and Harvard Medical School before training in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his cardiology training at Johns Hopkins. His first faculty position was at the University of Michigan. He returned to Johns Hopkins as Director of the Arrhythmia Service in 2002. Dr Calkins is an internationally recognized expert on catheter ablation, atrial fibrillation, syncope, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, and arrhythmia management. He has published more than 350 peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. Dr Calkins is an Associate Editor of a the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology and is on the editorial board of many other cardiology journals. He is a 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.


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Heart Rhythm Association
American heart Association
American College of Cardiology
Association of University Cardiologists

Clinical Trial Keywords

  • tachycardia
  • catheter ablation
  • atrial fibrillation
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  • Education +


    • Harvard Medical School (Boston MA) (1983)


    • Massachusetts General Hospital / Medicine (Boston MA) (1986)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Cardiology (Baltimore MD) (1989)


    • American Board of Internal Medicine / Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology (2013)
    • American Board of Internal Medicine / Cardiovascular Disease (1989)
    • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (1986)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    Dr. Calkins has published more than 350 manuscripts and book chapters on a large variety of cardiac arrhythmias.
    His research has focused predominantly on catheter ablation, syncope, and arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. Dr Calkins has also written extensively on most aspects of heart rhythm disorders and there treatment.
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    1978 Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Williams College
    1979 Graduated: Magna cum laude with highest honors in chemistry, Williams College
    1988 First Place, Young Investigator Competition, North American Pacing and Electrophysiology
    1999 Helen B. Taussig Award of the American Heart Association-Maryland Affiliate, Inc.
    2000 Visiting Professor, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    2002 IBCs 21st Century Award for Achievement
    2002 Best Doctors
    2001 Americas Top Physicians
    2002 Best Doctors in America
    2003 Americas Top Physicians
    2004 Leading Scientists in the World 2005
    2005 Best Doctors in America
    2006 Clinical Research Award for Highest Scored Abstract, HRS 2006
    2007 Elected Member, American Clinical and Climatological Society
    2007 Elected Member, Association of University Cardiologists
    2007 Recognized as a Top Cardiologist by Baltimore Magazine
    2008 Inaugural Recipient of the Nicholas J. Fortuin Professor of Cardiology
    2009 Recognized by Best Doctors in America
    2011 Recognized as Top Cardiologist by Baltimore Magazine

    Professional Activities

    Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Michigan 1989 -92
    Attending Electrophysiologist,University of Michigan 1989 -92
    Director of the Pacemaker Service, University of Michigan 1989 -92
    Associate Professor of Medicine,Johns Hopkins University 1992 -00
    Director of the Arrhythmia Service, Johns Hopkins Hospital 1992 - present
    Director of the EP Laboratory,Johns Hopkins Hospital 1992 - present
    Director of the Tilt Diagnostic Lab, Johns Hopkins Hospital 1995 - present
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University 1995 -00
    Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University 2000 - present
    Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University 2000- present
    Nicholas J. Fortuin Professor of Cardiology Johns Hopkins University 2008 - present
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    Meet our Experts - Dr. Hugh Calkins

    Dr. Calkins is the Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service and the ARVD/C program whose clinical practice focuses on electrophysiology and caring for patients with heart rhythm conditions.

    Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation Seminar

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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-3339
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-0270
    Fax: 410-614-1345
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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-7405
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-0270
    Fax: 410-614-1345
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