Fred (Dan) Atkins, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Allergy

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Texas Medical School at Houston (1975)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Midwestern State University (TX) (1972)
Residency:
  • University of Texas at Houston (Memorial Hermann Hospital) Program, Chief Resident, Pediatrics (1978)
Fellowships:
  • University at Buffalo Program, Allergy and Immunology (1981)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH), Allergy and Immunology (1984)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Allergy

Professional Titles

  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Allergy
  • Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Section Chief
  • Co-Director, Gastrointestinal Eosinophilic Diseases Program

Recognition & Awards

  • Top Doctor in Denver, 5280 Magazine, (2016)
    Voted a 5280 best doctor by my peers in response to the question, "Which physician would you trust to treat you and your family?"

Publications

  • Dellon ES, Liacouras CA, Molina-Infante J, Furuta GT, Spergel JM, Zevit N, Spechler SJ, Attwood SE, Straumann A, Aceves SS, Alexander JA, Atkins D, Arva NC, Blanchard C, Bonis PA, Book WM, Capocelli KE, Chehade M, Cheng E, Collins MH, Davis CM, Dias JA, Di Lorenzo C, Dohil R, Dupont C, Falk GW, Ferreira CT, Fox A, Gonsalves NP, Gupta SK, Katzka DA, Kinoshita Y, Menard-Katcher C, Kodroff E, Metz DC, Miehlke S, Muir AB, Mukkada VA, Murch S, Nurko S, Ohtsuka Y, Orel R, Papadopoulou A, Peterson KA, Philpott H, Putnam PE, Richter JE, Rosen R, Rothenberg ME, Schoepfer A, Scott MM, Shah N, Sheikh J, Souza RF, Strobel MJ, Talley NJ, Vaezi MF, Vandenplas Y, Vieira MC, Walker MM, Wechsler JB, Wershil BK, Wen T, Yang GY, Hirano I, Bredenoord AJ. Updated International Consensus Diagnostic Criteria for Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Proceedings of the AGREE Conference. Gastroenterology. 2018 Oct;155(4):1022-1033.e10. PubMed PMID: 30009819
  • Egan M, Atkins D. What Is the Relationship Between Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and Aeroallergens? Implications for Allergen Immunotherapy. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2018 Jun 16;18(8):43. PubMed PMID: 29909507
  • Aceves SS, King E, Collins MH, Yang GY, Capocelli KE, Abonia JP, Atkins D, Bonis PA, Carpenter CL, Dellon ES, Eby MD, Falk GW, Gonsalves N, Gupta SK, Hirano I, Kocher K, Krischer JP, Leung J, Lipscomb J, Menard-Katcher P, Mukkada VA, Pan Z, Spergel JM, Sun Q, Wershil BK, Rothenberg ME, Furuta GT. Alignment of parent- and child-reported outcomes and histology in eosinophilic esophagitis across multiple CEGIR sites. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018 Jul;142(1):130-138.e1. PubMed PMID: 29852258
  • Shoda T, Wen T, Aceves SS, Abonia JP, Atkins D, Bonis PA, Caldwell JM, Capocelli KE, Carpenter CL, Collins MH, Dellon ES, Eby MD, Gonsalves N, Gupta SK, Falk GW, Hirano I, Menard-Katcher P, Kuhl JT, Krischer JP, Leung J, Mukkada VA, Spergel JM, Trimarchi MP, Yang GY, Zimmermann N, Furuta GT, Rothenberg ME. Eosinophilic oesophagitis endotype classification by molecular, clinical, and histopathological analyses: a cross-sectional study. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Jul;3(7):477-488. PubMed PMID: 29730081
  • Atkins D. The Occasional Ebb and Flow between Eosinophilic Esophagitis and IgE-Mediated Food Allergy. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2018 Mar - Apr;6(2):651-652. PubMed PMID: 29524999
  • Mehta P, Furuta GT, Brennan T, Henry ML, Maune NC, Sundaram SS, Menard-Katcher C, Atkins D, Takurukura F, Giffen S, Pan Z, Haas AM. Nutritional State and Feeding Behaviors of Children With Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2017 Sep 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28906318
  • Hsu S, Wood C, Pan Z, Rahat H, Zeitler P, Fleischer D, Menard-Katcher C, Furuta GT, Atkins D. Adrenal Insufficiency in Pediatric Eosinophilic Esophagitis Patients Treated with Swallowed Topical Steroids. Pediatr Allergy Immunol Pulmonol. 2017 Sep 1;30(3):135-140. PubMed PMID: 29062584
  • Mehta P, Furuta GT, Brennan T, Henry ML, Maune NC, Sundaram SS, Menard-Katcher C, Atkins D, Takurukura F, Giffen S, Pan Z, Haas AM. Nutritional State and Feeding Behaviors of Children With Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2017 Sep 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28906318
  • Atkins D, Furuta GT, Liacouras CA, Spergel JM. Eosinophilic esophagitis phenotypes: Ready for prime time?. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2017 Jun;28(4):312-319. PubMed PMID: 28339136
  • Groetch M, Venter C, Skypala I, Vlieg-Boerstra B, Grimshaw K, Durban R, Cassin A, Henry M, Kliewer K, Kabbash L, Atkins D, Nowak-Wegrzyn A, Holbreich M, Chehade M. Dietary Therapy and Nutrition Management of Eosinophilic Esophagitis: A Work Group Report of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2017 Mar - Apr;5(2):312-324.e29. PubMed PMID: 28283156
  • Nowak-Wegrzyn A, Chehade M, Groetch ME, Spergel JM, Wood RA, Allen K, Atkins D, Bahna S, Barad AV, Berin C, Brown Whitehorn T, Burks AW, Caubet JC, Cianferoni A, Conte M, Davis C, Fiocchi A, Grimshaw K, Gupta R, Hofmeister B, Hwang JB, Katz Y, Konstantinou GN, Leonard SA, Lightdale J, McGhee S, Mehr S, Sopo SM, Monti G, Muraro A, Noel SK, Nomura I, Noone S, Sampson HA, Schultz F, Sicherer SH, Thompson CC, Turner PJ, Venter C, Westcott-Chavez AA, Greenhawt M. International consensus guidelines for the diagnosis and management of food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome: Executive summary-Workgroup Report of the Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 Apr;139(4):1111-1126.e4. PubMed PMID: 28167094
  • Case C, Furuta GT, Atkins D, Pan Z, Robinson J. Diet and Stress in Pediatric Eosinophilic Esophagitis. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2017 Sep;65(3):281-284. PubMed PMID: 27906799
  • Mehta P, Sundaram S, Furuta GT, Pan Z, Atkins D, Markowitz S. Propofol Use in Pediatric Patients With Food Allergy and Eosinophilic Esophagitis. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Jun 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27276432
  • Atkins D. Aeroallergens in Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Significant Triggers or Noise in the System?. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Jun 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27253663
  • Gonsalves N, Furuta GT, Atkins D. Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders Affect More Than Just the Esophagus. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Jan;62(1):1-2. PubMed PMID: 26485607
  • Mehta P, Sundaram S, Furuta GT, Pan Z, Atkins D, Markowitz S. Propofol Use in Pediatric Patients With Food Allergy and Eosinophilic Esophagitis. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Jun 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27276432
  • Atkins D. Aeroallergens in Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Significant Triggers or Noise in the System?. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Jun 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27253663
  • Greenhawt MJ, Fleischer DM, Atkins D, Chan ES. The Complexities of Early Peanut Introduction for the Practicing Allergist. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2016 Mar-Apr;4(2):221-5. PubMed PMID: 26968960
  • Gonsalves N, Furuta GT, Atkins D. Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders Affect More Than Just the Esophagus. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Jan;62(1):1-2. PubMed PMID: 26485607
  • Friedlander JA, DeBoer EM, Soden JS, Furuta GT, Menard-Katcher CD, Atkins D, Fleischer DM, Kramer RE, Deterding RR, Capocelli KE, Prager JD. Unsedated transnasal esophagoscopy for monitoring therapy in pediatric eosinophilic esophagitis. Gastrointest Endosc. 2015 Jul 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26142551
  • Fedele DA, McQuaid EL, Faino A, Strand M, Cohen S, Robinson J, Atkins D, Hourihane JO, Klinnert MD. Patterns of Adaptation to Children's Food Allergies. Allergy. 2015 Dec 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26687298
  • Friedlander JA, DeBoer EM, Soden JS, Furuta GT, Menard-Katcher CD, Atkins D, Fleischer DM, Kramer RE, Deterding RR, Capocelli KE, Prager JD. Unsedated transnasal esophagoscopy for monitoring therapy in pediatric eosinophilic esophagitis. Gastrointest Endosc. 2015 Jul 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26142551
  • Klinnert MD, McQuaid EL, Fedele DA, Faino A, Strand M, Robinson J, Atkins D, Fleischer DM, Hourihane JO, Cohen S, Fransen H. Children's Food Allergies: Development of the Food Allergy Management and Adaptation Scale. J Pediatr Psychol. 2015 Jul;40(6):572-80. PubMed PMID: 25797945
  • Menard-Katcher C, Henry M, Furuta GT, Atkins D, Maune NC, Haas AM. Significance of feeding dysfunction in eosinophilic esophagitis. World J Gastroenterol. 2014 Aug 21;20(31):11019-22. PubMed PMID: 25152606
  • Klinnert MD, Silveira L, Harris R, Moore W, Atkins D, Fleischer DM, Menard-Katcher C, Aceves S, Spergel JM, Franciosi JP, Furuta GT. Health-related quality of life over time in children with eosinophilic esophagitis and their families. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Sep;59(3):308-16. PubMed PMID: 24897164
  • Furuta GT, Atkins FD, Lee NA, Lee JJ. Changing roles of eosinophils in health and disease. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2014 Jul;113(1):3-8. PubMed PMID: 24795292
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Professional Memberships

  • American Thoracic Society (ATS), Member
  • Colorado Allergy Society, Vice President, 1996
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Fellow

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (1981)
  • Allergy and Immunology, Board Certification (1981)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Immune System - Allergies
  • Lungs and Breathing - Asthma
  • Immune System
  • Lungs and Breathing
Clinical Interest for Patients
My clinical interests include almost any allergic condition such as food allergies (IgE and non-IgE mediated), allergic rhinitis, asthma, atopic dermatitis (eczema), anaphylaxis, insect sting allergies, animal dander allergies and medication allergies. I also very interested in Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases such as eosinophilic esophagitis.

Care Philosophy
I strive to provide the optimal care for each patient through collaboration with the patient, their family and their primary care provider.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Texas Medical School at Houston (1975)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Midwestern State University (TX) (1972)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Texas at Houston (Memorial Hermann Hospital) Program, Chief Resident, Pediatrics (1978)
Fellowships:
  • University at Buffalo Program, Allergy and Immunology (1981)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH), Allergy and Immunology (1984)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Allergy
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