Dr. Anthony Watkins Talks Truth, Diversity, and Childhood

As Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, distinguished transplant surgeon Dr. Anthony Watkins plays a pivotal role in shaping the minds of future surgeons. He’s won numerous awards for his excellence in teaching, and is a continuous source of inspiration for students and surgeons alike. In our first episode of The Truth Prescription, things get personal as Dr. Watkins opens up about his childhood, and thinks back on some of the biggest challenges he has faced in his life and career. Dr. Watkins also talks about bringing more diversity into the scientific community, sheds some light on his stint as a reality TV star, and reveals how anyone can use their inner energy to turn their dreams into realities.

Topics include:

  • Pushing through fears and standing up for what you want
  • Aligning your passions with your talents
  • Why it’s important to know thyself (and what that really entails)

Anthony C. Watkins, MD is the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program, Surgical Director of the Skills Acquisition & Innovation Laboratory (SAIL), and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine. He is an Attending Surgeon at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine and an experienced, board-certified surgeon who specializes in kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation, laparoscopic donor nephrectomies, dialysis access surgery and general surgery. Dr. Watkins has authored several publications and book chapters and his current research interests include topics ranging from improving outcomes and increasing access to transplantation to exploring innovative ways to enhance surgical education. 

Dr. Watkins received his B.A. degree from Fisk University, Nashville, and his M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey, and spent an additional two years conducting research related to trauma hemorrhagic shock and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. He completed his fellowship in Multi-Organ Transplantation/Hepatobiliary Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University. Prior to joining Weill Cornell, Dr. Watkins was Assistant Professor of Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Watkins was recognized by Super Doctor, as a New York Rising Star in 2015 and a recipient of the Top Healthcare Professionals Under 40 Award by the National Medical Association in 2013.

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