Dr. Atkins was medical director of the paramedic system in Dallas County for 27 years. During those years, he trained 6,000 basic EMTs and 5,400 paramedics with the staff that he hired. He was chair of the accreditation body that accredits paramedic training programs, the Committee on Accreditation of Emergency Medical Services Professions, and was awarded the Dan Storer Award for outstanding volunteer.
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Dr. Atkins is a member of the Texas Hall of Fame for EMS. He was involved with the National Heart Attack Alert Program (NHAAP) of the NHLBI for the entire 12 years of the program and has chaired the Access to Care Subcommittee and the Executive Committee of the NHAAP. This program established the goal of 60 minutes to treatment for myocardial infarction.
He has been a professor of internal medicine and emergency medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and works as a cardiologist at Parkland Memorial Hospital. He has received special awards for his service in the area from the AHA, the Food and Drug Administration, and the NHLBI, along with many awards from EMS entities and ACEP.