Dr. Donald Atkins

Donald Atkins

For the last 15 years, Dr. Atkins has specialized in minimally invasive spine surgery with an emphasis on treating chronic pain with neuromodulation therapy and implantable pumps. He is a Medical Director at Texas Neurosciences Institute and strives to improve the quality of life of those who may not have had a good surgical option, or previously had surgical procedures that did not successfully address their problem. Dr. Atkins draws upon a wealth of expertise, first receiving his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, followed by pursuing a surgical internship at the Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center. His training was followed by a neurosurgery residency at the University of Tennessee.


Dr. Atkins Explains His Approach To Your Care

Dr. Donald Atkins specializes in neuromodulation; specifically spinal cord stimulation with neurostimulators and intrathecal pump drug delivery systems. He is a board certified neurosurgeon who also happens to be the neuromodulation authority in South Texas. On average, Dr. Atkins works on 250 spinal stimulation therapy cases a year and 80 intrathecal pump cases a year, which accounts for 60-70% and 90% respectively of those cases in the area.

Education and Experience:

Medical School:
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Degree: Doctor of Medicine, 1993

General Surgery
Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center

University of Tennessee – Memphis, Semmes-Murphey Clinic, 1994-1999

Past Appointments & Military Service:
Major, U.S. Army Medical Corps, Chief of Neurosurgery
Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas 1999-2003

Undergraduate Education:
University of Texas at Austin, TX
Degree: BA Economics, 1989


American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Joint Section of Spinal Surgery, AANS/CN
Bexar County Medical Society
Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons
University of the Texas Ex-Student Association