Language: English
Gender: Male
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Adult Kidney Transplantation
525 East 68th Street, Starr 8
New York, NY 10021
Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation
525 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
(646) 962-5483
Living Donor Kidney Center
525 East 68th Street, Starr 8
New York, NY 10021
Pancreas Transplantation
525 East 68th Street, Starr 8
New York, NY 10021

Personal Statement

The most rewarding aspect of being a physician is the ability to make a meaningful difference in people's lives. It is a truly gratifying experience to connect with people from all walks of life and play a vital role in improving their health and quality of life. 

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Specialties & Expertise


  • 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 Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • 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 [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare]


Board Certifications

  • Surgery

Clinical & Academic Positions

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Assistant Attending Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Education & Training

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

Honors & Awards

29TH Annual Shock Society                                                                        2006

New Investigators Award in Shock Research


Golden Apple Nominee for Teaching Excellence                                        2008


Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence                                            2009


American Society of Transplantation/                                                          2011

Canadian Society of Transplantation

Distinguished Fellow


National Medical Association, Top Healthcare Professionals                     2013

Under 40 Award


New York Super Doctors, Rising Stars                                                      2015


The Talented Tenth Award, Washington Fisk Alumni Association             2016


Castle Connolly, Top Doctor, New York Metro Area                                  2017


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. In addition, Dr. Watkins has been repeatedly recognized by Castle Connolly as one of "America's Top Doctors", an honor given to the top 1% of all physicians in the country.