R. Mark  Caulkins
Assistant Professor
School of Health Professions
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
2A27 CHS Building 2

Mark Caulkins was an orthopedic trauma surgeon at a level-one trauma center for nearly 20 years. He then transitioned into teaching full time to reduce the stress, and he has been teaching at the graduate level to physical therapy, cccupational therapy, speech and language pathology, nurse anesthetist and biomedical engineering students for more than 15 years.  Caulkins teaches anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, radiology and pharmacology, and he assists in other courses.  He have been at Samford since 2019.

Degrees and Certificates

  • MD, Albany Medical College 
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship, Shock-Trauma Institute
  • DPT, Franklin Pierce University
  • BA in chemistry, Dartmouth College 


  • American Academy of Clinical Anatomists
  • Mensa

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Graduate Teacher, Samford University's School of Health Professions, 2020


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Anatomy
  • Medicine
  • Physiology
  • Radiology

Recent Publications

  • Caulkins RM; Atkins K; Washmuth NB; Shi W; Wang D.  Osteochondroma of the Skull:  A Case Report.  International Journal of Anatomic Variations 14, No. 6.  June, 2021 .

Recent Presentations

  • Caulkins RM; Washmuth NB; Cantley B; Atkins K; Harrelson P; Hurt J; Johnson W; Corder K. Anatomic Variants in Student Cadaveric Dissection.  Poster presented at Alabama Academy of Science Annual Meeting.  March 21, 2021.
  • Caulkins RM; Washmuth NB; Cantley B; Caulkins KM.  Cadaveric Dissection in the Education of Health Science Clinical Students.  Paper presented at Alabama Academy of Science Annual Meeting. March 21, 2021.

Research Areas

  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Anatomic variants
  • Anatomic education