Faculty Retiring: Dr. Harkins

Charlie Harkins, MD has decided to retire as of April 30, 2022. He wants everyone to know that there is nothing pushing this decision. The Harkins’ are all well. As he says, “It’s been a nice run, it’s just time.”

Dr. Harkins is a Wisconsin bred physician. He was raised in Portage, went to Medical School at UW Madison, and completed his otolaryngology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Harkins joined the Milwaukee practice of, Dr. Jerry Friedman and Dr. Harvey Kleiner, and later Dr. William Prudlow. This group then joined the MCW full time faculty of the Department of Otolaryngology in 2002.

Dr. Harkins always enjoyed teaching and has been actively involved in dissections, courses, and lecture series for medical students and residents. He has served as a mentor to many otolaryngology residents, providing insight to practice management outside academia. He served as Chief, Division of Comprehensive Otolaryngology, and on numerous significant committees including the Children’s Professional Review Committee and the Department’s Innovation and Strategic Planning Committee.

He would like to thank all who have helped him in more ways than can be counted. Physicians, APPs, cleaning staff, patient transporters, MAs, AAs, nurses, audiologists, SLPs, and others too numerous to count all should know Dr. Harkins is grateful for all the help provided to make his journey joyful. Dr. Harkins he has learned from all of you, and he carries this into retirement.

When asked about his plans for retirement, he states that he is going to continue doing all the things he’s always done; he just won’t have work to do too.

A final thought from Dr. Harkins: ‘In future years, when people ask themselves what year Tom Brady retired, they will be able to figure it out by remembering when Bruce Campbell and I retired.’

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