Dr. Ralph Hawkins received his medical degree in 1981 from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, before completing his fellowships in internal medicine and nephrology at the University of Calgary. Dr. Hawkins also holds a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle (2002) and is experienced in the clinical application of medical ethics principles. He has lived and worked in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Tennessee, Manitoba and Alberta.
His clinical and research interests include the prevention of kidney diseases associated with high blood pressure and diabetes, and treatment of the metabolic syndrome. Dr Hawkins has a special interest in the diagnosis and clinical management of Lyme Disease, Alternatively-diagnosed Lyme Disease, Tick-Associated Poly Organic Syndrome, Chronic Lyme Disease and Post-Treatment Lyme Syndrome. His outpatient practice in Calgary has evaluated over 400 people from all parts of Canada diagnosed with Lyme disease.
“There’s always going to be people slipping through the cracks using the two tiered testing system”Dr. Ralph Hawkins
In 2016 Dr. Hawkins was honoured to receive the University of Calgary Department of Medicine Award for Clinical Excellence at South Campus Site where he serves as Divisional Site Lead. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine within the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Cumming School of Medicine at University of Calgary. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.
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“The diagnosis of late stage Lyme disease isn’t generally recognized by the Infectious Diseases community”Dr. Ralph Hawkins
“Since Lyme disease has become controversial in the mid 90’s, there is a wide array of what’s written in the literature and much of it is based on opinion rather than studies”Dr. Ralph Hawkins