A Californian native, Dr. Atchison graduated Summa Cum Laude, valedictorian,
and with Honors from Pacific Union College in the Napa Valley with a Bachelor
of Science degree in Biology. Subsequently, he earned his Medical Doctorate
in 1998 from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, where he was inducted
into the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. He was intern of the
year and subsequent chief resident of the year while completing his General
Surgery residency at Loma Linda University, where he also took first place
in the first annual laparoscopic skills competition.
He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the
American College of Surgeons, member of the American Medical Association,
and previous Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at Loma Linda University.
He has received teaching awards from the Loma Linda University School
of Medicine and the Kaiser Fontana Family Medicine Residency. He maintains
his certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Trauma
Dr. Atchison has treated a wide variety of surgical patients, especially
those with malignant and benign breast disease. He applies his skills
with laparoscopy, inguinal and umbilical hernia repair, laparoscopic ventral
hernia repair, and post-herniorrhaphy neurolysis. His interest in medical
missions has taken him to hospitals in Kenya and Peru, and has taught
laparoscopy in India. He was part of the team that taught the very first
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course in mainland China.
Area of Expertise
He greatly enjoys the variety and depth of General Surgery, including laparoscopic
cholecystectomy, laparoscopic-assisted colorectal resection, wide local
excision of melanoma, sentinal lymph node biopsy, thyroidectomy, excision
of benign skin/soft tissue masses such as inclusion cysts and lipomas,
and of course major abdominal operations.