Frank M. Calia, MD, MACP, Professor Emeritus and former Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs, retired in 2012 after more than 40 years of dedicated service to the School of Medicine. Dr. Calia is a graduate of Harvard University and a cum laude graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Boston City Hospital, and residency and fellowship in infectious diseases at the Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital. He served in the United States Army at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Fort Detrick and attained the rank of Major. Dr. Calia is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; the American Clinical and Climatological Association; the American College of Physicians; the Infectious Diseases Society of America and other important medical societies. In April 2000, Dr. Calia was elected a Master of the American College of Physicians. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine in Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Calia joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty in 1969 and was appointed Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases, Baltimore VA Medical Center. He rose through the ranks to professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology, and Chief of the Medical Service at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. On two occasions during his tenure at the University of Maryland he has served as Aciting or Interim Chaiman of the Department of Medicine. He was also Acting Chairman of the Departments of Diagnostic Radiology, Ophthalmology and Radiation Oncology. From 1992-2004, Dr. Calia was Vice Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Medicine. In April of 2004, he became Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology. From November 2004-November 2005 he served as Interim Chief Medical Officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Calia returned to service in the School of Medicine as the Theodore E. Woodward Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine, as well as Physician-in-Chief of the University of Maryland Medical Center in February 2006, a position he held until December 1, 2009.
Between 1979 and 2004, Dr. Calia was honored by the medical students with 24 teaching awards, both Golden Apple Awards and Teacher of the Year Awards. He has also been awarded Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Higher Education Council (representing all colleges and universities in Maryland) and Teacher of the Year by the University System of Maryland. In 2000, he received the AOA Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 2008, he was elected as a inaugural member of the Pass and Susel Academy of Academic Excellence and also won the campus' Founder's Day Teacher of the Year award.
Dr. Calia has chaired many of the most important School of Medicine ad hoc and standing committees, including the Faculty Promotions Committee, Curriculum Coordinating Committee, Academic Advancement Committee, Curriculum Revision Steering Committee and the Appointment, Promotions and Tenure Revision Committee. He has served on numerous search committees and on all of the imporant committees of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical System/Hospital.
Dr. Calia's major interests are in infectious disease, bacterial diarrhea, staphylococcal infections, vibrio infections and clinical pharmacology.
Dr. Calia serves on the Editorial Board of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Practice and the Editorial Board of the University of Maryland Medical Alumni Association's Bulletin. He has contributed to 10 books and over 50 publications in refereed journals. He serves as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Medicine, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and Infectious Disease in Clincal Practice.