John Calkins, MD, FACOG

calkins-johnDr. Calkins is a general obstetrician gynecologist who enjoys the practice of the full depth and breadth of the specialty. Actually, he was born at the Kansas University Medical Center and is pleased to still be providing patient care at that facility.

Having grown up in the Kansas City area, he spent four years on the east coast at Princeton University as an undergraduate before returning to the University of Kansas for Medical School training. Dr. Calkins has been at the institution ever since, having done both medical school and residency training here in Kansas City.

Dr. Calkins joined the teaching faculty at the medical center upon completion of residency training in 1980. He is happy to say that he still enjoys the teaching environment as well as providing patient care.

Dr. Calkins' practice is evenly balanced between obstetrics and gynecology. Out of all his clinical duties, he enjoys delivering babies as much as anything else. From the gynecological standpoint, he has been privileged to have many patients continue with him throughout his time on the teaching faculty and to have had the opportunity to not only deliver their babies, but also help them as they have transitioned into the menopausal time frame. Dr. Calkins still enjoys contraceptive management, but has actually begun to see some of the young girls that he delivered a couple of decades ago as they now are in need of well woman examination and birth control.

Dr. Calkins' academic interest has always been in the area of abnormal Pap smears and pre-invasive disease of the cervix. He was fortunate to have the opportunity to obtain training in colposcopy upon completion of his residency training, and has continued to serve as a resource for challenging Pap smear management issues that many former residents have experienced, now that they are in their own practice. It is in that area that he has published papers and continues to provide lectures both locally as well as nationally. Of special note, he has become excited about the recent development of HPV vaccines and has spent numerous hours trying to educate fellow physicians about the merits of that approach to cervical cancer.