Joy Hawkins, MD
Professor, Anesthesiology

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Medical School:
  • MD, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine (1981)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Texas A&M University (TX) (1977)
Internship:
  • St Joseph Hospital Program (1982)
Residency:
  • University of Texas at Houston Program, Chief Resident, Anesthesiology (1984)
Fellowships:
  • University of Texas at Houston Program, Critical Care Medicine (1985)
  • Baylor College of Medicine Program, Anesthesiology (1985)
Languages: English
Department: Anesthesiology

Professional Titles

  • Director of Obstetric Anesthesia

Recognition & Awards

  • Top Doctor in Denver, 5280 Magazine (2017)
    Voted a 5280 best doctor by my peers in response to the question, "Which physician would you trust to treat you and your family?"
  • Distinguished Service Award, Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (2016)
    The recipient has been a long-standing society member. The recipient made numerous contributions to the Society and has provided exceptional service to the specialty of obstetric anesthesia. In addition the SOAP Board of Directors recognizes the recipient as one who is viewed by the community at large as an exemplary ambassador of obstetric anesthesia.

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on providing the safest and most efficient, evidence-based anesthesia care of the obstetric patient before, during and after delivery.

Teaching

  • Professor (1992)
    School of Medicine, Anesthesiology

Publications

  • Bucklin BA, Asdigian NL, Hawkins JL, Klein U. Making it stick: use of active learning strategies in continuing medical education. BMC Education 2021;21:44.
  • Maternal Mortality in Colorado, 2014-16 https://drive.google.com/file/d/11sB0qnM1DmfCA-Z87el3KMHN6oBy5t2y/view
  • Hawkins JL: “Abnormal Presentation and Multiple Gestation” In: Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia, 6th edition, Elsevier, 2020.
  • Hawkins JL, Bucklin, BA: Obstetric Anesthesia. In Gabbe's Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies, 8th ed, Elsevier, 2020.
  • Hawkins JL: “Postpartum Tubal Sterilization” In: Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia, 6th edition, Elsevier, 2020.
  • UpToDate topic (updated): "Anesthesia for the patient with preeclampsia" (www.uptodate.com by www.wolterskluwer.com)
  • Riveros-Perez E, Hermesch AC, Barbour LA, Hawkins JL. Aplastic anemia during pregnancy: a review of obstetric and anesthetic considerations. Int J Womens Health. 2018;10:117-125. PubMed PMID: 29535558
  • Turner JA, Fitzsimons MG, Pardo MC Jr, Hawkins JL, Huang YM, Rudolph MD, Keyes MA, Howard-Quijano KJ, Naim NZ, Buckley JC, Grogan TR, Steadman RH. Effect of Performance Deficiencies on Graduation and Board Certification Rates: A 10-yr Multicenter Study of Anesthesiology Residents. Anesthesiology. 2016 Jul;125(1):221-9. PubMed PMID: 27119434
  • Hawkins JL. 150 years in pursuit of optimal pain relief during labour. BJOG. 2015 Jun;122(7):993. PubMed PMID: 26011457
  • Hawkins JL. Excess in moderation: general anesthesia for cesarean delivery. Anesth Analg. 2015 Jun;120(6):1175-7. PubMed PMID: 25988623
  • Chatterjee D, Hawkins JL, Somme S, Galan HL, Prager JD, Crombleholme TM. Ex utero Intrapartum Treatment to Resection of a Bronchogenic Cyst Causing Airway Compression. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2014;35(2):137-40. PubMed PMID: 24281263
  • Hawkins JL. The 2013 SOAP/FAER/Gertie Marx Honorary Lecture 2013. From print to practice: the evolving nature of obstetric anesthesia. Int J Obstet Anesth. 2014 Nov;23(4):376-82. PubMed PMID: 25266318
  • Hawkins JL. Can we keep our mothers happy and our babies safe?. Can J Anaesth. 2014 Aug;61(8):691-4. PubMed PMID: 24869897
  • Chatterjee D, Hawkins JL, Somme S, Galan HL, Prager JD, Crombleholme TM. Ex utero intrapartum treatment to resection of a bronchogenic cyst causing airway compression. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2014;35(2):137-40. PubMed PMID: 24281263
  • Hawkins JL. Obstetric hemorrhage. Anesthesiol Clin 2020; in press.
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Professional Memberships

  • Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, Past-Chairman, Board of Directors
  • Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, Past President and former member of the Board of Directors
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, Delegate from Colorado, member of several committees, and Section Chair for Clinical Care
  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Senior Examiner
  • International Anesthesia Research Society, Emeritus member of the Board of Trustees
  • Association of University Anesthetists, Member
  • Colorado Society of Anesthesiologists, Delegate and Past President

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Children's Hospital Colorado - Colorado Fetal Care Center
13123 E 16th Ave, B735
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-4463

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

UCHealth Ambulatory Surgery Center - Cherry Creek Medical Center
100 Cook Street
Suite 500
Denver, CO 80206
720-516-3950

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Anesthesiology, Board Certification (1985)
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests include anesthesia for the pregnant patient, and most of my clinical practice occurs in the labor & delivery suite. This includes medical evaluation during pregnancy, anesthetic care of the patient who needs surgery during her pregnancy, pain control during labor, anesthesia for cesarean delivery, and care of the medically complex pregnant woman around the time of her delivery. As an educator, I have focused my teaching career on the education of medical students and residents.

Care Philosophy
I strive to provide the safest evidence-based care for patients requiring or requesting anesthesia.

Personal Interests
In my spare time I enjoy reading fiction and spending time with my husband and daughters.

Volunteer Activities
I am a volunteer with the 9 Health Fair. I am involved in activities at Augustana Lutheran Church.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine (1981)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Texas A&M University (TX) (1977)
Internships:
  • St Joseph Hospital Program (1982)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Texas at Houston Program, Chief Resident, Anesthesiology (1984)
Fellowships:
  • University of Texas at Houston Program, Critical Care Medicine (1985)
  • Baylor College of Medicine Program, Anesthesiology (1985)
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Languages: English
Department: Anesthesiology
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CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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