Alison Calkins, M.D.
Alison Calkins, M.D., is board certified in Therapeutic Radiology and has more than 28 years of experience caring for cancer patients and teaching future physicians. She is known in the Tampa Bay medical community for both her expertise and her compassion.
Dr. Calkins is a graduate of Berea College, holding a degree in Biology. She received her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1981. She also completed her Radiation Oncology Residency at Indiana University at Indianapolis.
She served as an instructor and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., before relocating to Tampa to join St. Joseph’s Hospital as a Radiation Oncologist in 1991. Dr. Calkins served as Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at that hospital for 23 years, followed by two more years as Medical Director of the Intercommunity Cancer Center in Leesburg, Fla.
She was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine prior to joining Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology, where she sees patients in our Wesley Chapel location.
She was drawn to TBRO in part because of her long-term knowledge of the other doctors in the practice, TBRO’s well-known reputation for flexible scheduling without long wait times and the practice’s state-of-the-art technology, including CyberKnife for stereotactic body radiotherapy.
Dr. Calkins uses radiation to treat a wide range of cancers in adults with particular experience in breast and gynecological cancers.
Dr. Calkins is bilingual and pleased to converse with her patients in Spanish or English. She is also a great listener: “I take my time with my patients to be sure that they feel heard and understand that I truly care about their experience and their health.”
She’s happy to encourage her patients to continue with or to find ways to stay active and pursue their personal hobbies and interests through treatment: “I’m an Argentine tango dancer,” she shares. “I’ve been doing it for years.” Yes, it’s great exercise and stress release, but she’s drawn to it “because it’s great fun!”
Outside of her practice, Dr. Calkins rescues Dalmatians. “I’m on speed dial at Dalmatian rescue,” she laughs. “I have four now, but have had 10 Dalmatians since 1993.” Her passion for caring for the sick extends to her Dalmatians: “I’ve had one paralyzed Dalmatian, one with gastric cancer, and another with orthopedic problems. Because I’m in the medical field, I’m equipped to deal with their special needs.” Just as she’s equipped to deal with her TBRO patients’ needs.
For detailed information about Dr. Calkins’ education, professional experience, and publications, please review the attached CURRICULUM VITAE (PDF file).
Click on image to read Dr. Calkins’ article in the December 2020 issue of Medical Professionals Tampa Bay Magazine, page 32. Article will open in new tab.
Click on image to read Dr. Calkins’ interview in the October 2020 issue of Medical Professionals Tampa Bay Magazine, page 12.
Click to watch: Dr. Calkins recommends vitamin B3 to help prevent non-melanoma skin cancer. Video opens in new tab.