Mark Akins, MD, FACS
Medical School: Emory University
Residency: University of Tennessee, Memphis
Memberships: American College of Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, Southeastern Surgical Congress, Harwell Wilson Surgical Society
Dr. Akins is board certified in General Surgery and has practiced in Murfreesboro since 1995. He has served in a variety of leadership positions, including Chief of Surgery at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and StoneCrest Medical Center and President of the Stones River Medical Society.
Dr. Akins has a wide range of surgical interest and expertise. He has a special interest in breast cancer treatment and has developed expertise in breast surgery techniques through additional specialized education. He is the only surgeon in the area certified in the Hidden Scar Technique. The scar is placed in an area hard to see, leaving the patient with little to no visible reminder of the surgery or their breast cancer. Click here to learn more about the Hidden Scar technique. He also employs oncoplastic techniques in which breast tissue is mobilized to fill in the defect left by lumpectomy leading to a superior cosmetic result. Dr. Akins works closely with Dr. Nicholas Tarola, a plastic surgeon, to provide nipple sparing mastectomy and other forms of breast reconstruction following mastectomy.
Dr. Akins also has expertise in minimally invasive treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the colon, minimally invasive hernia repair, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and thyroid surgery. He utilizes the DaVinci robotic system for many of his minimally invasive procedures. The system provides better visualization for the surgeon with less pain and quicker recovery for patients. Click here for more information about the DaVinci robotic system. A complete list of procedures Dr. Akins performs is listed under the “Procedures” section of our website.
“I realize surgery is a major event in my patients’ lives. I make every effort to explain surgical procedures in familiar terms and answer all questions so my patients and their families will be at ease.”
Dr. Akins is married and has four children. His wife Leslie is a Nurse Practitioner at the VA and was instrumental in developing the Primary Care and Hope Clinic in Murfreesboro in 1996.