There’s no doubt there are plenty of quality surgeons in the Houston area. But Dr. Brian Harkins has found plenty of ways to not only stand out as a skilled surgeon but also as someone who remains fully focused on making the medical community and his region a better place.
Dr. Harkins is considered one of the top laparoscopic surgeons in the country and has helped thousands of patients for more than 30 years by treating them for a wide variety of diseases and conditions, from cancer to hernias. He also is a pioneer in the area of robotic surgery, which offers health care providers even more tools to help patients and minimize their pain and recovery time.
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Dr. Harkins, an Air Force and Army veteran and father of four, has been living and performing surgery in Texas since 1997. He’s an independent affiliate of the Surgical Advanced Specialty Center since it opened its doors in 2002, and helped design and build its current office in 2003. He’s held multiple leadership roles there over the years and currently is a member of the facility’s board of directors. He’s also the chair of the robotics committee at Tomball Regional Medical Center and a fellow at the American College of Surgeons.
Part of his specialty is robotic surgery, using the innovative da Vinci Xi robotic system, which is a small surgical device that a surgeon controls remotely. The robot can reach areas and perform precise tasks in areas that are sometimes difficult for human surgeons to reach easily. This can lead to better outcomes as well as smaller scars and shorter recovery time
The Tomball location is the first facility in the area with two da Vinci Xi robots. It has also served as an observation site for surgeons around the country wanting to see the da Vinci Xi robotic system in action, and Dr. Harkins also serves as a proctor for other surgeons wanting to train on it.
Dr. Harkins was born in Tennessee and married his high school sweetheart in 1978. They have four children.
His military service first took him to North Dakota where he was a nuclear missile mechanic during the day and studied at night. He later transferred to LSU in Baton Rouge, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine and the Dean’s Award in 1989.
Following graduation, Dr. Harkins began a general surgery residency at Eisenhower Medical Center in Augusta, Geo. There, he was honored with the award of “Outstanding Laparoscopic Resident-Surgeon,” and was commended for a scientific presentation from Georgia’s chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He later received the Outstanding Graduating Resident Award along with the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service for his role as the chief of the Department of Specialty Care at Noble Army Hospital.
After retirement from the military, he moved to Texas in 1997, where he and his family have enjoyed living ever since. He’s been interested in robotic surgery so he found a way to bring it to the Tomball area. He and his staff offer a comfortable and friendly setting, which appeals to patients from around the country.
When he’s not helping pioneer the future of robotics to help health care, Dr. Harkins enjoys spending time with his family, building things and the outdoors.
He’s honored to be listed among the other nominees for Living Magazine’s “Top Docs Showcase,” and appreciates everyone who votes for him.
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