Broadus Z. Atkins M.D.

 Broadus  Z. Atkins M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Advanced Heart Failure, Cardiovascular surgery, Heart and Lung Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Thoracic Surgery, Vascular/Endovascular




Thoracic Surgery Clinic at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.4477|Map It 


Dr. Atkins is Associate Professor of Surgery at UW Medicine and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Puget Sound VA. He is a graduate of Duke University Medical School and the Duke Univ Hospital training programs for general and thoracic surgery.

Dr. Atkins is Board Certified in Thoracic Surgery, and has been in practice since 2007. He is a US Air Force veteran with the rank of Colonel and was Chief of CT Surgery, David Grant USAF Medical Center ('12-'16).

Clinical interests include adult cardiac surgery, heart artery bypass procedures, minimally invasive heart valve operations, surgical management of heart failure, (including heart pumps and transplantation) diseases of the thoracic aorta, (including aneurysms) and surgical management of heart rhythm disorders.

Research interests include patient safety, team-based approaches to specialty care delivery, surgical reconstruction of treated chest infections, less invasive approaches to heart failure and heart valve disorders, and cellular and genetic therapy for end-stage heart disease.

Patient Care Philosophy

I am completely enthralled and committed to the practice of cardiothoracic surgery, particularly those disorders affecting adult populations, which are often life-threatening or severely debilitating. I am a perfectionist, always striving to improve and maximize individual patient results and satisfaction. It is important to me that patient dignity and autonomy always be preserved.

Personal Interests

I enjoy reading, especially those items that expand horizons, perspective, and forms of analysis. I have completed several marathons. I also enjoy hiking and meditation.


Uniformed Services University of the Health SciencesTeaching Appointment2016
University of California, Davis (UCD)Teaching Appointment2016
Duke University Medical CenterFellowshipMechanical Circulatory & Thoracic Transplant2011
Duke University Medical CenterResidencyCardiothoracic Surgery2007
Duke University Medical CenterResidencySurgery2002
Duke University Medical CenterInternshipSurgery1996
Duke University SOMMedical Education1995

Board Certifications

American Board of Thoracic SurgeryThoracic Surgery2008
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