Kristen A. Atkins, M.D.

Kristen A. Atkins, M.D.
Professor of Pathology
Division Chief


Medical School: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, MD
Residency: Stanford University
Surgical Pathology Fellowship: Stanford University
Cytopathology Fellowship: Virginia Commonwealth University


Surgical and cytopathology with a special interest in gynecologic and breast pathology.


Prognostic features in smooth muscle tumors of the uterus, improving staging analysis in ovarian carcinoma.


  • Paquette C, Jeffus SK, Quick CM, Conaway MR, Stoler MH, Atkins KA: Interobserver variability in the application of a proposed histologic subclassification of endocervical adenocarcinoma. Am J Surg Pathol 2015, 39:93-100. DOI: 10.1097/PAS.0000000000000316.
  • Mentrikoski MJ, Rochman CM, Atkins KA: Tattoo ink within lymph nodes: a possible clinical mimicker of abnormal calcifications. Breast J 2014, 20:314-315. DOI: 10.1111/tbj.12258.
  • Byrne FL, Poon IK, Modesitt SC, Tomsig JL, Chow JD, Healy ME, Baker WD, Atkins KA, Lancaster JM, Marchion DC, Moley KH, Ravichandran KS, Slack-Davis J, Hoehn KL: Metabolic vulnerabilities in endometrial cancer. Cancer Res 2014, 74:5832-5845. DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-14-0254.
  • Scalici JM, Harrer C, Allen A, Jazaeri A, Atkins KA, McLachlan KR, Slack-Davis J: Inhibition of α4β1 integrin increases ovarian cancer response to carboplatin. Gynecol Oncol 2014, 132:455-461. DOI: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2013.12.031.
  • Wang CC, Bajikar SS, Jamal L, Atkins KA, Janes KA: A time- and matrix-dependent TGFBR3-JUND-KRT5 regulatory circuit in single breast epithelial cells and basal-like premalignancies. Nat Cell Biol 2014, 16:345-356. DOI: 10.1038/ncb2930.
  • Atkins KA, Cohen MA, Nicholson B, Rao S: Atypical lobular hyperplasia and lobular carcinoma in situ at core breast biopsy: use of careful radiologic-pathologic correlation to recommend excision or observation. Radiology 2013, 269:340-347. DOI: 10.1148/radiol.13121730.
  • Dustin SM, Atkins KA, Shami VM, Adams RB, Stelow EB: The cytologic diagnosis of gangliocytic paraganglioma: a case report. Diagn Cytopathol 2013, 41:650-653. DOI: 10.1002/dc.21858.
  • Ho CP, Gillis JE, Atkins KA, Harvey JA, Nicholson BT: Interactive case review of radiologic and pathologic findings from breast biopsy: are they concordant? How do I manage the results? Radiographics 2013, 33:E149-E152. DOI: 10.1148/rg.334125123.
  • Martin AA, Atkins KA, Lonergan CL, McHargue CA: Vaginal adenosis as a dermatologic complaint. J Am Acad Dermatol 2013, 69:e92-e93. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2009.11.590.
  • Scalici JM, Thomas S, Harrer C, Raines TA, Curran J, Atkins KA, Conaway MR, Duska L, Kelly KA, Slack-Davis J: Imaging VCAM-1 as an indicator of treatment efficacy in metastatic ovarian cancer. J Nucl Med 2013, 54:1883-1889. DOI: 10.2967/jnumed.112.117796.
  • Walters DM, Vaughn NH, Isbell JM, Jeffus SK, Atkins KA, Sauer BG, Jones DR: Leiomyoma presenting as a massive calcified circumferential esophageal mass. Ann Thorac Surg 2013, 96:1851-1854. DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.01.097.


Hendrickson M, Atkins KA, Kempson R. Histology for Pathologists 3rd Ed Editor S. Mills Chapter Uterus and Fallopian Tubes 2006

Brenin D and Atkins KABreast Cancer Atlas of Clinical Oncology Ed Winchester D. Chapter Unusual Breast Pathology 2006.

A current list of Dr. Atkins’s journal publications can be obtained from PubMed.