Jim Atkins, M.D.

Jim Atkins, M.D.


  • Honored as one of Scene in S.A. Magazines top Otolaryngologists for the last nine years.
  • Appointed to the Rhinology and Paranasal Sinus committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology in 2009. This committee is composed of sinus specialists who help make policy and advise the American Academy of Otolaryngology on sinus related issues.
  • Consultant for Entellus Medical of Minneapolis, MN. a sinus balloon company bringing new sinus technologies to market.
  • Consultant for Stryker medical on sinus technologies.
  • Planning committee of the Foundation for Innovation, Education, and Research in Otolaryngology. This is a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting and education doctors on leading edge technology.
  • These connections to industry and thought leaders in his field allows Dr. Atkins to stay “plugged-in” to the latest developments and what they can offer his patients.


Dr. Atkins is actively involved in research on new technologies for treating sinus problems. These research activities give him an opportunity to offer emerging technologies to his patients before they are released to other sinus surgeons. Most of the research is focused on ways to improve balloon sinus surgery.

Recent research and firsts:
  • First use of FinESS, a balloon sinus surgery technique.
  • First use of Xpress, a device for doing balloon sinus surgery.
  • First use of a stapler for closing tissue after septoplasty.
  • First use of MediENT to help prevent scarring after sinus surgery.
  • First clinical use of Propel, a drug eluting stent for use after sinus surgery.
  • Pioneered use of needleless anesthesia for office sinuplasty.
Recent medical publications/posters that Dr. Atkins helped author:
Like most of the staff at the Texas Sinus Center, I am a native Texan. I grew up in Galveston and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. I went on to get my M.D., my internship in general surgery, and a residency in otolaryngology/head-and-neck surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. I have been board-certified in otolaryngology and in private practice in South Texas since 1991.

I began my practice treating all types of ear, nose, and throat problems. I opened the Texas Sinus Center in 2000 with a specific goal in mind: to open a clinic that specializes in the sinuses. I realized that so many of my patients needed a more focused and experienced approach to their difficult sinus problems. I am very fortunate to have partnered with many of the companies that develop and bring to market the most innovative ENT technologies. These collaborations have kept me on the forefront of new technological breakthroughs and I have been the first in the region, the state, and even the country to adopt many new techniques. I am also very active in our various medical society meetings and continuing-education courses, both of which allow me to stay aware of new treatment options that might benefit my patients.

I find great satisfaction in helping patients that have been plagued with sinus problems for years and thought that they would just have to live with their symptoms. I believe I am uniquely qualified in South Texas to offer my patients the most current thinking in the world of rhinology, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, and the least traumatic surgical options available. If you have sinus problems, I welcome your visit to the Texas Sinus Center.

  • Fellow-American Rhinology Society
  • Fellow-American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • Kendall County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Planning committee for Foundation for Innovation, Education and Research in Otolaryngology