John B. Checton, M.D., has served as chief of the Department of Cardiology
at Monmouth Medical Center for more than 20 years.
Recognized as one of the region’s leading cardiologists, Dr. Checton
is credited with playing an instrumental role in driving Monmouth Medical
Center’s development as a center of excellence in cardiac care.
Under his dedicated role as medical director of Monmouth’s Cardiac
Catheterization Laboratory, Monmouth in 2006 joined a select group of
nine New Jersey hospitals — and the only facility in Monmouth County
— in a national research trial that allows certain community hospitals
to perform elective balloon angioplasty to open clogged arteries in cardiac patients.
Dr. Checton’s medical career spans nearly 30 years. After receiving
his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New
Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, he completed his internal medicine
residency at Monmouth Medical Center and a fellowship in cardiovascular
disease at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY.
Upon completion of his studies, he joined the MMC Medical and Dental Staff,
and in 1984, was named director of its noninvasive Cardiac Laboratory.
The following year, he assumed the directorship of the Department of Cardiology
— a leadership position he has since held, holding responsibility
over its full spectrum of services.
Dr. Checton is board certified in internal medicine and has attained subspecialty
certification in cardiovascular disease, critical care medicine and nuclear
cardiology. He is among less than 5,000 physicians in the United States
certified by the Board of Certification in Nuclear Cardiology, which involves
skilled training in the use of radioisotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
A member and fellow of the American Heart Association’s Council of
Clinical Cardiology, Dr. Checton received the 2003 Distinguished Achievement
Award in Cardiology Practice from its Monmouth County chapter.
He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Society of Coronary
Angiography and Interventions, and the American College of Chest Physicians.
He also holds membership in the American College of Physicians, American
Society of Internal Medicine, Society of Nuclear Medicine, American Society
of Echocardiography, American Medical Association, American Society of
Nuclear Cardiology, Monmouth County Medical Society and the New Jersey