Anthony C. Watkins, M.D.
Transplantation Surgery
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Anthony C. Watkins, M.D.

Transplantation Surgery

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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English


Specialties and Expertise


  • Transplantation Surgery


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

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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Anthony C. Watkins, MD is the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program 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. 


Honors and Awards

Honors and 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



Board Certifications

  • Surgery

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Assistant Attending Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Education and Training

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


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
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY

Locations and Appointments