Dr. Hawkins is from Gretna, Nebraska and received his Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He attended medical school in Denver, Colorado at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then went on to complete his residency in neurosurgery with Advocate Healthcare and A.T. Still University based in Normal, Illinois. He also completed an additional fellowship in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr Hawkins has received numerous awards throughout his education and training. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and College of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), including the Joint Cerebrovascular Section, as well as the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery (SNIS) and the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS). In addition, Dr. Hawkins has contributed to a number of medical journals and publications.