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Dr. Charles A. Atkinson

Dr. Charles A. AtkinsonDr. Atkinson received his Bachelors degree in Psychobiology from Swarthmore College in 1988, graduating with distinction as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi Research Society.  Upon graduation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1992, he was commissioned as a Captain in the Air Force Medical Reserves.  He completed his internship at The University of Pennsylvania, receiving the Surgical Scholar Award, and finished his surgical training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.   After residency, he practiced four years in the United Sates Air Force, completing his active duty service at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson as Chief of General Surgery.  He has served as an Instructor in Surgery for Family Practice, and currently is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona.  Dr. Atkinson is board certified in General Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Arizona Chapter of that same Society, the Southwest Surgical Congress, and the American Society of Breast Surgeons and a member of the Pima County Medical Society.  He is currently President of the Tucson Surgical Society.  He was elected Chairman of Surgery for St. Joseph’s Hospital beginning in January 2011 for two years.  He has a special interest in the care of benign and malignant breast disease, oncologic and endocrine surgery, abdominal wall reconstruction, and advanced laparoscopic surgery techniques in the treatment of esophageal reflux, abdominal hernias, and diseases of the spleen and adrenal glands. 

Patients Praise Dr. Atkinson

Patients were asked to comment about Dr. Atkinson and rate him on a scale of 1-5 stars.

★★★★★ Dr. Atkinson is awesome dude Kudo's to you fixing me up dude keep up the good work. Hope not too see you again but if I do need some more work done I sure will be looking you up. 
– Thomas H

★★★★★ Dr. Atkinson is absolutely wonderful! Bedside manner was excellent. Very smart and talented man! Would highly recommend him.
– Anonymous

★★★★★ Dr. Atkinson was a awesome Doctor easy to relate too and discuss my problems and was quick to tell me what the MRI had found. He took quick action to get me in to repair the problem.
Kudos to you Doc and keep up the fantastic job you do.  Thanks Again. 
– Thomas H

★★★★★ I am feeling very positive about the outcome of my surgery and the progress of recovery thanks to Dr. Atkinson and followup care at Agave. 
– Randall S

★★★★ Agave Surgical Assoiates was recommended by my primary doctor. They were very professional and courteous to work with. I would recommend Agave Surgical to my family or friends. Dr. Charles Atkins was truly a blessing and he was very professional and compassionate and that is important in the medical field. I was made to feel that the office was very compatent and knowledgeable.
– Patricia E

★★★★★ I appreciate the great care provided by Dr. Atkinson and the Agave staff. Dr. Atkinson was outstanding! 
– Anonymous

★★★★★ Dr Atkinson and his staff were very informative and friendly. I would recommend him highly. Saved my life. 
– Robert L

★★★★★ Dr. Atkinson is the best I will go see him again If I ever need a Great surgeon.
– Lola G

★★★★★ Even though no one wants surgery, the entire staff from Dr. A to receptionist were wonderful.
Thank you.
– Anonymous

Thank you Dr Atkinson and your staff for aiding me through surgery and post op care. I feel you all have been very professional and knowledgeable in your field of expertise which has helped to provide me with the information I need and the excellent care I have been receiving.
– Renee Salazar

★★★★★ My first experience with Agave Surgical was excellent. Very little waiting time and Dr. Atkinson was thorough and very informative. Would not hesitate to refer friends/family to them for surgical needs. 
– Charles H

★★★★★ Since 2007 I have suffered from numerous small bowel obstructions to the point where, on average, I was being admitted to the hospital every four to five months for the past seven years with small bowel obstructions. The hospital stay would always involve a nasal gastric tube over a three day period while the obstruction relieved itself. Surgery, while an option, was couched in terms of the last alternative if the SBO did not relieve itself. During my last episode that consisted of two back-to-back blockages within 3 weeks of one another in October 2014, Dr. Charles Atkinson of Agave Surgical outlined a surgical alternative that would likely alleviate future blockages.

The procedure went off without any problem. While its too early to know if the surgery has been successful in alleviating future blockages Dr. Atkinson's confidence, professionalism, bedside manner and knowledge was the determining factor in opting for the surgery. While only time will tell, I am confident that Dr. Atkinson's surgical procedure has eliminated what was becoming a negative life changing condition. Left unaddressed I am convinced future blockages would occur and would ultimately result in an extremely serious condition and possibly life threatening.

Dr. Atkinson and Agave Surgical Associates have my highest recommendation. I could not have asked for better medical care - something that I have found is becoming increasingly difficult to say about today's health care and hospital services.

My sincere and heart felt "Thank you" to Dr. Atkinson, his staff and the staff of Tucson Medical Hospital where the procedure was performed. 
– Dirk M