Dr. Atkinson earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. He then completed internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans. He remained at Tulane for fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology, and was elected Chief Fellow for his final year of training. Dr. Atkinson's areas of specialty include Classical Hematology as well as Lung and Head and Neck Cancers. He also has clinical interests in Integrative Oncology and Palliative Oncology. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national conferences in the field of cancer care. He enjoys practicing Oncology because of the potential to effect positive changes in patients' lives. Dr. Atkinson believes that every patient is special, with unique needs and circumstances, and he understands the importance of communication in the partnership between patient and physician.