Language: English
Gender: Male
Transplantation Surgery
525 East 68th Street, Starr 8
New York, NY 10065
P: 212-746-5330 | F: 212-746-8720
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Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
525 East 68th Street, Starr 8
New York, NY 10065
P: 212-746-5330
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Personal Statement

Anthony Watkins, MD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery (Tranplantation Surgery) at Weill Cornell Medical College, and an Assistant Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is an experienced, board-certified surgeon who specializes in kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation, laparoscopic donor nephrectomies and minimally-invasive kidney transplantation and dialysis access surgery. Dr. Watkins is actively involved in research in areas relating to organ transplantation primarily related to ischemia/reperfusion, access to transplantation and infectious disease issues related to transplantation. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored 3 book chapters, and given presentations at medical conferences.

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 there in gastrointestinal, liver, kidney and pancreas pathophysiology under the mentorship of Edwin Deitch, M.D. He was also a research fellow at St. Jude's Children's Hospital, in Memphis, TN, and at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his fellowship in Multi-Organ Transplantation at NewYork-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 awarded Distinguished Fellow in 2011 by the American Society of Transplantation/Canadian Society of Transplantation. He won the Golden Apple award for Teaching Excellence in 2008 and 2009. He won the 29th Annual Shock Society New Investigators Award in Shock Research in 2006, and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Resident Award for Teaching and Humanism in Medicine.

He is an active member of several prestigious medical societies, including the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and is a Candidate Fellow for the American College of Surgeons. He recently went to Haiti with NOAH-HAA Medical Mission to perform surgery.

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Board Certifications
  • Surgery
  • Transplantation Surgery
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Pancreas Transplant
  • Liver Transplant
  • Minimally Invasive Kidney Transplant
  • Living Donor Kidney Transplant
  • Dialysis Access Surgery

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


  • B.A., Fisk University, 1998
  • M.D., University of Tennessee College of Medicine, 2002

Honors and Awards

AST/CST 2011 Distinguished Fellow, 2011

Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, 2009

Golden Apple Nominee for Teaching Excellence, 2008

29TH Annual Shock Society New Investigators Award in Shock Research, 2006

Arnold P. Gold Foundation, Resident Award for Teaching and Humanism in Medicine, 2004

Surgical Intensive Care Unit Resident of the Year, UMDNJ, Division of Trauma/Critical Care, 2004