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Dr. Joel Felner

Joel M. Felner, MD

Dr. Felner received his BA in 1963 from Columbia College in NY and his MD in 1967 from Cincinnati University School of Medicine. He did his internship and first year of medical residency at Cincinnati General Hospital (1967-69) and completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine (1972-1974). He was in the United States Public Health Service, stationed at the Centers for Disease Control from 1969-1971; his research centered on anaerobic infections. During this time he was an Instructor in Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine (EUSM). In 1974 he joined the faculty of EUSM and rose to full Professor in 1981. In 1985 he was appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Education. Presently his duties include 50% time in the division of cardiology, where he specializes in echocardiography at Grady Hospital, and 50% time in the Dean’s Office, where he directs the third and fourth-year curriculum, writes every seniors’ Dean’s Letter, and for 20 years was Chairman of the Progress and Promotions Committee-the clinical years. He was also developer and director of the year-long sophomore pathophysiology course that began with a new curriculum in 1992 and ended in 2006 when the New Curriculum was instituted. He now co-directs the freshman 5-week Cardiovascular Module that he developed. He is a permanent member of both the Admissions and the Executive Curriculum Committees. Dr. Felner’s present research endeavors involves the use of transesophageal echocardiography in patients with cardiac trauma; the use of computers and simulators in cardiology training; and medical education for the twenty-first century.


  • Cardiology

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Internal Medicine


  • Emory University School of Medicine


  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Internship: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

Honors & Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) American Heart Association Teaching Scholar -1978-81

Teacher of the Year for the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology - 1986

Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award from Emory University - 1996

Evangeline Papageorge Teaching Award - Emory University SOM -1999

Harold L. Fein Teaching Award - University of Miami SOM - 1999

AOA Glaser Award - the AAMC National Teaching Award - 2003

Humanism in Medicine - the AAMC Recognition Award - 2006


Felner, J.M., "Infective Endocarditis Caused by Anaerobic Bacteria", in: Balows, A., DeHann, R.M., Dowell, V.R., Jr., Guze, L.B. (eds.), Anaerobic Bacteria: Role in Disease, C.C. Thomas, Springfield, 1974,pp. 345-352.

Felner, J.M., "The First Heart Sound", in: Walker, H.K., Hall, W.D., Hurst, J.W. (eds.), Clinical Methods. The History, Physical and Laboratory Emaminations. Butterworths, MA, 1976, pp. 582-587.

Felner, J.M. and Dowell, V.R., Jr., Anaerobic Bacterial Endocarditis, N. Engl. J. Med., 283: 1188-1192, 1970.

Gordon, M.S., Issenberg, S.B., Mayer, J.W., Felner, J.M.: Developments in the use of simulators and multimedia computer systems in medical education. Med Teacher, 1999; 21:32-6.

Yoo, D, Robertson, G, Block, P, Babaliaros, V, Lattouf, O, Pernetz, M, Martin, R, Felner, J, Lerakis, S: Percutaneous Closure of a Left Atrial Appendage Pseudoaneurysm J Amer Soc Echo 2011; 24:109.e1-109.e3

Felner, J.M., and Schlant, R.C.: Echocardiography. A Teaching Atlas, Grune and Stratton, New York, 1976.

Sung J.P., Felner J.M., Merlino JD: Practical Handbook of Echocardiography: 101 Case Studies, Wiley-Blackwell, West Suffix UK, 2010