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Cameron T. Atkinson, M.D.

Originally from West Deptford, New Jersey; Dr. Cameron Atkinson specializes in hand, wrist, and upper extremities.  After graduating from Princeton University in June of 2003, he received his Doctor of Medicine at Vanderbilt School of Medicine in May of 2008.  Dr. Atkinson completed his Orthopedic Residency at Vanderbilt Department of Orthopaedics in June of 2013 and Fellowship at the Philadelphia
Hand Center at Thomas Jefferson University in July of 2014.Dr. Cameron Atkinson

In addition to his medical accomplishments, Dr. Atkinson is also a multi-talented athlete.  As a running back for Princeton University, he excelled both on and off the field.  His love of sports transitions into a lifelong passion for strength and weight training.  As a proud family man, Dr. Atkinson loves retelling patients the story his favorite memory – when he asked his wife to marry him.  In his free time, he enjoys sitting in his office reading historical biographies and watching his favorite television show, the medical comedy, Scrubs.

When asked about his perfect day, Dr. Atkinson envisioned, “I would be at the beach with my wife and kids.”

Education & Training
  • September 1999 − June 2003
    • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
      Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, cum laude
      Thesis: “Development and Application of a Fluorometric Assay for Prodomain-CARD Interaction.”
  • August 2004 − May 2008
    • Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University
      Doctor of Medicine
  • July 2008 − June 2013
    • Vanderbilt Department of Orthopaedics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
      Resident Physician
  • August 2013 – July 2014
    • The Philadelphia Hand Center at Thomas Jefferson University
      Hand Fellow
Medical Licensure
  • State of Texas       Issued 6/27/2014
Board Certification
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certificate in General Orthopedics   July 2016
Research Experience
  • June 2008 – Sept 2014
    Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology, Vanderbilt Orthopaedics


    • Principal Investigator, Closed Suction Drainage after Resection of Upper and Lower Extremity Sarcomas: A Randomized Control Trial
      Principal investigator in prospective randomized trial comparing closed suction drainage with no drainage in the treatment of soft-tissue sarcomas.
    • Manuscript ultimately rejected by Journal of Surgical Oncology.
  • June 2005 − August 2005
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


    • Student in Vanderbilt Emphasis Program
      Performed a systematic review of the literature to answer the question “are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs effective in reducing pain and time lost to injury in acute ankle sprain?”
  • July 2003- August 2004
    Vanderbilt Sports Medicine


    • Research Assistant
      Designed tracking database and coordinated follow-up for patients involved in the Multicenter Orthopedic Outcomes Network’s (MOON) prospective R01-funded study of outcomes two years after ACL reconstruction.
  • June 2011 Best Consultant Award Awarded annually to the best house staff consultant to the Emergency Department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Fall 2003 National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame National Scholar Athlete Selected as one of 14 finalists for the Draddy Trophy, the academic Heisman given to the top scholar athlete in college football across all divisions.
  • Spring 2002 2001 CoSIDA 2nd Team Academic All-American Running Back, Princeton Football
Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Atkinson CT, Watson J. Lunotriquetral ligament tears. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Oct;37(10):2142-4. doi: 10.1016/j. jhsa.2012.04.007.
  • Crosby SN, Snoddy MC, Atkinson CT, Lee DH, Weikert DR. Upper extremity myonecrosis caused by Edwardsiella tarda resulting in transhumeral amputation: case report. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Jan;38(1):129-32. doi: 10.1016/j. jhsa.2012.10.009. Epub 2012 Nov 30.
  • To P, Atkinson CT, Lee DH, Pappas ND. The most cited articles in hand surgery over the past 20-plus years: a modern-day reading list. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 May;38(5):983-7.
  • Atkinson CT, Pappas ND, Lee DH. Irreducible posterolateral elbow dislocation. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2014 Feb;43(2):E34-6.
Book Chapters
  • Atkinson CT, Budoff JE, Zelouf DS. Osteotomy of the Radius for Treatment of Kienböck Disease. In Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery 2nd Edition. Hunt TR and Kozin SH, section eds. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia. In Press
  • Atkinson CT, Streubel PN, Watson J. Distal Radius Fractures. In Orthopedic Traumatology: An Evidence-Based Approach. eds. Sethi MK, Jahangir AA, Obremskey WT, Springer, New York, NY, 2012.
  • Atkinson CT, Lee DH. Proximal Phalanx Fractures. In Fractures and Dislocations of the Hand and Fingers. ed. Seitz WH. American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Chicago, IL, 2013.
Teaching Experience
September 2005 – May 2006 Tutor Coordinator and Tutor to Medical Students
  • Coordinated activities and meetings between __ tutors and first-year medical students while tutoring several students in Gross Anatomy and Physiology
Student National Medical Association Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair, SNMA Region X, April 2006 – present
  • Responsibilities include keeping the members of Region X abreast of recent political events that affect our present or future practice of medicine and serving on the National SNMA Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee.
Professional Memberships
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Member, 2005 – 2008
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Fellow, 2017 – Present
  • Tarrant County Medical Association, 2014 – Present
Community Service
  • Tennessee Donor Services
    Volunteer Speaker, January 2006 – June 2013


    • Speaking in a variety of venues about my personal experiences as a living organ donor and promoting organ and tissue donation.
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