Joel M Felner, MD

Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Office: Grady EFB

Phone: 404-778-1372

Fax: 404-778-1370



Dr. Felner is an associate dean for clinical education and professor of medicine (Cardiology). He 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 (1969-71) and completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at Emory University School of Medcine(1972–1974). He was in the United States Public Health Service, stationed at the Centers of Disease Control from 1969-1971; his research centered on anaerobic endocarditis and bacteroides bacteremia. In 1974 he joined the faculty of Medicine 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 directs echocardiography at Grady Hospital and 50% time in the Dean’s Office, where he directs the third and fourth year curriculum, and writes most of the seniors’ Dean’s Letter. He is also director of the senior cardiology elective and co-director of the freshman cardiovascular module. He is a permanent member of both the Admissions and the Executive Curriculum Committees.

Dr. Felner was selected as an American Heart Association teaching scholar (1978-1981), was the American heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology teacher of the year (1986) and received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching award (1996) the highest teaching award from Emory University. He has been honorary class member several years, was named the outstanding clinical professor five times and won the outstanding basic science award twice. In 2003, he received the prestigious AAMC-AOA Glaser Award for national recognition of his outstanding teaching and educational efforts. In 2017 he was honored by Grady Hospital for 45 years of continued service while on faculty at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Felner’s research concerns the use of transesophageal echocardiography in patients with cardiac trauma; (2) the use of computers and simulators in teaching cardiology; and (3) medical education for the twenty-first century.