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Dr. Melvin R. Echols

Dr. Melvin R. Echols, MD, FACC

Dr. Melvin Echols is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Disease with Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). A former MSM medical student, he returned to MSM faculty in 2019 from Duke University Medical Center as a former Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Echols is also the program director for the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program and the Co-Chair of the Grady Cardiovascular Line Research Committee. He works as the Cardiovascular Medical Director for Grady Camp Creek Comprehensive Center, where he addresses health equity and disparity intervention, prevention, and heart failure management of patients in the community. Dr. Echols has a primary research interest in translational heart failure research and precision medicine to combat disparate outcomes among African American patients.


  • Cardiology

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Internal Medicine


  • UT Southwestern Medical Center (Fellowship)


  • Morehouse

Education & Training

  • Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Internship: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  • Residency: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine


Ferdinand, K. C., Thanh, N. V., Echols, M., (2020). State-of-the-Art review: Hypertension practice in the era of COVID 19 (pp. 1-9). AJPC.

Felker, G. M., Mentz, R. J., Cole, R. T., Adams, K. F., Egnaczyk, G. F., Fuizat, M., Patel, C. B., Echols, M., Khouri, M. G., Tauras, J. M., Gupta, D., Monds, P., Roberts, R., O'Connor, C. M. (2017). Efficacy and Safety of Tolvaptan in Patients Hospitalized With Acute Heart Failure (pp. 11). JACC.

Echols, MR., Jiang, W. (2011). Clinical Trial Evidence for Treatment of Depression in Heart Failure (pp 81-8). Heart Fail Clin.

Echols, MR., O'Connor, C. M. (2010). Depression After Myocardial Infarction (pp. 185-93). Curr Heart Fail Rep.

Johnson, R. W., Newby, L. K., Granger, C. B., Cook, W. A., Peterson, E. D., Echols, M., Bride, W., Granger, B. B. (2010). Differences in the Level of Care at the End of Life According to Race.