Tina Elkins, MD, moved to Athens, Texas in July 2005 from Houston, Texas. Dr. Elkins attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas and graduated with honors with a degree in Communication Disorders. While at TTUHSC, she began working with Dr. Robert Wang doing research on head and neck cancer and pediatric sleep disorders. Dr. Elkins attended medical school at the University of Texas - Houston where she continued doing research with the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department, working on sound localization in children with unilateral hearing loss. She was also accepted into the summer research program at MD Anderson Cancer Center after her first year of medical school. While working under Drs. Byers and Myers she completed research on tongue cancer in patients under the age of 40 years. Dr. Elkins graduated in the top three in her class in 2000. She was elected President of the Alpha Omega honor society, elected an Outstanding Woman in Medicine and on numerous committees during medical school. Dr. Elkins completed her general surgery internship at UT- Houston in 2001. She then joined the ENT program completing her residency in 2005, working at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Hermann Hospital and LBJ Hospital. During her time in residency she was nominated to be part of a committee with the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery in International Hearing Loss. She also worked on numerous publications, presented at national meetings, on pediatric sleep apnea and assisted in developing a new technique for performing neonatal tracheostomy along with Dr. Kevin Pereira. Dr. Elkins maintains a Texas Medical License and is board certified in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. She practices all aspects of ear, nose, throat and allergy disorders with interest in sleep disorders, pediatric disorders and head & neck cancers, including skin cancers. She also performs nonsurgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox and injectable fillers (Restylane and Perlane). Dr. Elkins is currently an active staff member at ETMC-Athens and Palestine Regional Medical Center in Palestine, TX. Dr. Elkins served as Chief of Surgery at ETMC-Athens in 2008 and Chief of Staff at ETMC Athens in 2011. She lives in Athens with her husband, Clay (a local Realtor and golf course architect) and their three young sons Jacob, Caleb, and Nathan.
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Dr. Elkins' Experience
Dr. Elkins' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Ear, Nose, and Throat
Board certified in Otolaryngology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Ear, Nose, and Throat
Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Elkins' Board Certifications
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Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Conductive Hearing Loss
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Head and Neck Cancer
Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
Loss of Smell and-or Taste
Outer Ear Infection
Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
Salivary Gland Cancer
Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Soft Tissue Sarcoma of Head, Face, and Neck
Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
Vocal Cord Nodule
Vocal Cord Paralysis
Vocal Cord Polyp
Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
Ear Tube Placement
Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Texas.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1995
U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston
Medical School | Graduated 2000
University Of Texas, Houston
Internship Hospital | Completed 2001
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
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Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
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Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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