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About Robert E. Atkinson M.D.

Robert E. Atkinson M.D., is a board-certified hand and upper extremity orthopedic surgeon with his own private practice, which has two locations in Honolulu and Waipahu, Hawaii.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dr. Atkinson attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an All-American in swimming. He went on to obtain his Doctor of Medicine from Thomas Jefferson Medical College, and complete a one-year surgical internship at Yale University Medical Center. After finishing a four-year orthopedic residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, Dr. Atkinson did a fellowship in hand surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Since then, Dr. Atkinson has built a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable orthopedic hand surgeons in the field. He has presented papers at meetings for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Eastern Orthopedic Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and several hospitals and colleges. He has regularly been named to the Top Doctors list for Hawaii and was placed in the top 1% of hand surgeons by U.S. News and World Report.

Presently, Dr. Atkinson is the former Chief of the University of Hawaii Orthopedic Residency Training Program. He has volunteered at the Shriners Hospital and has participated in Health Volunteers Overseas programs. Dr. Atkinson’s practice emphasizes the treatment of hand and upper extremity conditions, including nerve injuries, joint replacement, and arthroscopic surgery.

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Here at Robert E. Atkinson MD, we accept most major insurance plans. If you do not see your plan listed, please contact our office directly to confirm your insurance provider is accepted.

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Academic and Medical Achievements

- Associate Professor JABurns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii.
-University of Hawaii Orthopedic Residency Program Director, 2003-2020.
-Best Doctor of Honolulu designation , current and multiple past years.
- Best Teacher Award, U. Of Hawaii Residency Program Medical Member
- Best Doctor in US News and World Report 

Medical Member

 -Member American Orthopedic Association (AOA)
-Member American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS)
-Board certification in Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS)
- Member American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
-Certificate of added Qualification in Hand Surgery (1986)

All-Around Doctor

- All American (Swimming)
-Athletic Hall of fame member, U. Of Pennsylvania
- Volunteer State of Hawaii Regulated Industries Complaint Office (RICO)
-Volunteer Hawaii Food Bank

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Words from our patients

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    "Dr. Atkinson was professional and very thorough. I would highly recommend him, and if a six star rating was available, I would give him a six."

    Mollie K.
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    "He is am awesome Doctor."

    Alvin K.
  • Google

    "Dr.Atkinson is always professional, and attempts to proceed with non-invasive treatments and physical therapy before suggesting other options."

    Mary D.
  • Google

    "I was treated professionally and with kindness and Dr Atkinson went the extra mile in his care and service. Thank you!"

    Helen L.
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Atkinson always efficient! Love his staff too!"

    Self-verified patient.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Atkinson is friendly, professional & very helpful in treating hand issues! Did trigger finger release procedures on both of my hands, very pleased with results!"

    Corey G.
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