Dr. Atkins graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas and performed his internship and residency in internal medicine and his subspecialty training in cardiology at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Atkins has had a long-term interest in cardiac arrest and the care of acute myocardial infarction having written several papers and chapters on these issues. Dr. Atkins has been medical director of the paramedic system in Dallas County for 27 years having stepped down in 2002. He is chairman of the accreditation body that accredits paramedic training programs (Committee on Accreditation of Emergency Medical Services Professions). He has also been involved with the National Heart Attack Alert Program of the NHLBI for the entire 10 years of the program and has chaired the Access to Care Subcommittee and the Executive Committee of the NHAAP. He is a Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and works as a cardiologist at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas VA Hospital, and Zale-Lipshy Hospital. He has received special awards for his service in the area from the American Heart Association, the Food and Drug Administration, and the NHLBI. A past president of the American Heart Association, Texas Affiliate, Dr. Atkins was named an Honorary Life Member of their Board Directors last year. Dr. Atkins has also served a three-year term as President of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, and he served as a member of the Board of Governors for the college.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (1967)
Parkland Memorial Hospital (1968), Rotating
Parkland Memorial Hospital- Internal Med Residency (1969), Internal Medicine
UTSW Cardiology (1970), Cardiology
UTSW Cardiology (1971), Cardiology
Parkland Memorial Hospital (1972), Internal Medicine
UTSW Nuclear Cardiology (2002), Nuclear Medicine

Research Interest

  • Cardiac arrest management
  • Early treatment of acute myocardial infarciton
  • Emergency medical services delivery
  • Emergency medical services education


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Automated defibrillators
Atkins, JM Kuehl, AE (ed) Prehospital systems and medical oversight Winter 2002 449-451
Prehospital providers in the emergency department
Atkins, JM, Hartung, RW Kuehl, AE (ed) Prehospital systems and medical oversight Winter 2002 584-589
Consultant’s Corner: How should I manage this patient with atrial fibrillation?
Atkins, JM Family Practice Recertification August 2000 22(8) 15-23
Cardiac rehabilitation for the primary care physician
Atkins, JM Family Practice Recertification May 2000 22(5) 50-65
Procedure: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Atkins, JM Rakel RE (ed) Saunders Manual of Medical Practice Spring 2000 278-285

Honors & Awards

  • National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of NIH
    Certificate of Recognition (2001)
  • Texas Department of Health
    Texas EMS Hall of Fame (1996)
  • American Heart Association
    Citation of International Service (1984)
  • Food and Drug Administration
    Commissioner’s Special Citation (1984)
  • American Heart Association, Texas Affiliate
    Paul V. Ledbetter, M.D. Professional Volunteer of the Year (1982)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Cardiology
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Heart Association Clinical Council
  • National Association of Emergency Medical Service Physicians