Anthony C. Watkins, M.D.

Transplantation Surgery
Anthony Watkins

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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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]


Journal Articles:

Watkins AC, Vedula G, Horan J, Dellicarpini K, Pak SW, Daly T, Samstein B, Kato T, Emond JC, Guarrera JV. "The Deceased Organ Donor with an Open Abdomen: Proceed with Caution." Transplant Infectious Disease, 2011; 0:1-5.

Kannan KB, Colorado I, Reino D, Palange DC, Lu Q, Qin X, Abungu B, Watkins AC, Caputo FJ, Xu DZ, Semenza GL, Deitch EA, Feinman R. "Hypoxia-Inducible Factor Plays a Gut-Injurious Role in Intestinal Ischemia Reperfusion Injury." AJP: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, 2011; 300(5):G853-61.

Feinman R, Deitch EA, Watkins AC, Abungu B, Colorado I, Kannan KB, Sheth SU, Caputo FJ, Lu Q, Ramanathan M, Attan S, Badami CD, Doucet D, Barlos D, Bosch-Marce M, Semenza GL, Xu DZ. "HIF-1 mediates pathogenic inflammatory response to intestinal ischemia-repercussion injury. AJP: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, 2010; 299 (4):G833-43.

Barlos D, Deitch EA, Watkins AC, Caputo F, Lu Q, Abungu B, Colorado I, Xu DZ, Feinman R. "Trauma hemorrhagic shock-induced pulmonary epithelial and endothelial cell injury utilizes different apoptotic signaling pathways." AJP: Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, 2009; 296(3):L404-17.

Deitch EA, Senthil M, Brown M, Caputo F, Watkins AC, Anjaria D, Badami C, Pisarenko V, Doucet D, Lu Q, Feketeova E, Xu DZ. "Trauma-Shock-Induced Gut Injury and the Product of Biologically Active Intestinal Lymph Is Abrogated By Castration In a Large Animal Porcine Model." Shock, 2008; 30(2):135-41.

Watkins AC, Caputo FJ, Badami C, Barlos D, Xu DZ, Lu Q, Feketeova E, Deitch EA. "Mesenteric Lymph Duct Ligation Attenuates Lung Injury and Neutrophil Activation After Intraperitoneal Injection of Endotoxin in Rats." Journal of Trauma, 2008; 64(1):1-5.

Vega D, Badami C, Caputo F, Watkins AC, Lu Q, Xu da Z, Berezina TL, Zaets SB, Feketeova E, Deitch EA. "The influence of the type of resuscitation fluid on gut injury and distant organ injury in a rat model of trauma/hemorrhagic shock." Journal of Trauma, 2008; 65(2):409-14.

Senthil M, Watkins AC, Barlos D, Xu DZ, Lu Q, Abungu B, Caputo F, Feinman R, Deitch EA. "Intravenous injection of trauma-hemorrhagic shock mesenteric lymph causes lung injury that is dependent upon activation of the inducible nitric oxide synthase pathway." Annals of Surgery, 2007; 246(5):822-30.

Caputo FJ, Rupani B, Watkins AC, Barlos D, Vega D, Senthil M, Deitch EA. "Pancreatic duct ligation abrogates the trauma hemorrhage-induced gut barrier failure and the subsequent production of biologically active intestinal lymph." Shock, 2007; 28(4):441-6.

Rupani B, Caputo FJ, Watkins AC, Vega D, Magnotti LJ, Lu Q, Xu da Z, Deitch EA. "Relationship between disruption of the unstirred mucus layer and intestinal restitution in loss of gut barrier function after trauma hemorrhagic shock." Surgery, 2007; 141(4):481-489.

Beech D, Watkins AC, Lakshman S. "Synchronous Renal Cancer and Primary Colon Cancer: A Rare Clinical Entity." Surgical Rounds, 2002;25:436-441.


Watkins A, Bae C, Henry S, Guarrera J. Impact of Brain Death on Abdominal Organs and Allograft Preservation Strategies. The Brain-Dead Organ Donor: Pathophysiology and Management. New York: Springer, 2012.

Watkins A, Camacho-Rivera J, Kelly J, Sandoval R, Crew J, Cohen D, Ratner LE. Columbia University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital: Improving Access to Renal Transplantation. Clinical Transplants. Los Angeles: Terasaki Foundation Laboratory, 2010.

Watkins A, and Deitch EA. Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS): Definition, Diagnosis, and Management. Current Therapy and Surgical Critical Care. Philadelphia: Mosby Elsevier, 2008.


Utilization of High-Risk Donors in Kidney Transplantion: A Single Center Experience. American Transplant Congress.April 30-May 4, 2011, Philadelphia, PA. Watkins AC, Camacho-Rivera J, Samuels MJ, Mahendran A, Cohen D, Ratner LE.

Hypogammaglobulinemia Occurs More Frequently Than Expected After Renal Transplantation. American Transplant Congress, May 2-5, 2010, San Diego, CA, Tsapepas, D, Watkins, A, Samuels, MJ, Sobeck, K, Cohen, D, Ratner, L.

Effects of Hemorrhagic Shock on a Rat Unilateral Lung Contusion Model. Shock Society, June 3-6, 2006, Broomfield, CO, Badami, C, Watkins A, McCracken B, Caputo, F, Sifri, Z, Bonilla L, Mohr, A, Deitch, E, Livingston, D.

Role of AIF in Trauma Hemorrhagic Shock-Induced Endothelial Apoptosis. Shock Society, June 3-6, 2006, Broomfield, CO, Barlos, D, Watkins, A, Abungu, B, Lu, Q, Caputo, F, Xu, DZ, Feinman, R, Deitch, EA.

Pancreatic Proteases Are Necessary For Increased Gut Epithelial Permeability During Trauma/Hemorrhagic Shock. Shock Society, June 3-6, 2006, Broomfield, CO, Caputo, FJ, Watkins, AC, Vega, D, Barlos, D, Lu Q, Xu, DZ, Deitch, EA.

The Relative Role of Caspase-Dependent and Independent Apoptosis of Endothelial and Pulmonary Epithelial Cells, Induced By T/HS Lymph, Varies By Celltype. Shock Society, June 3-6, 2006, Broomfield, CO, Lu, Q, Caputo, F, McCracken, B, Watkins, A, McCracken, B, Xu, DZ, Deitch, E.


A Risk Worth Taking? A Single Center Experience Using CDC High Risk Donors In Kidney Transplantation. Poster Presentation, AST/CST 2011 Distinguished Fellows Research Symposium, March 2, 2011. Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, CA. Watkins AC, Camacho-Rivera J, Samuels MJ, Mahendran A, Cohen D, Ratner LE.

Partial HIF-1α Deficiency Attenuates Ischemia Reperfusion-Mediated Gut and Lung Injury. Presented at 29th Annual Shock Society, New Investigators Competition, June 4, 2006, Broomfield, CO, Watkins, A, Abungu, B, Captuo, F, Senthil, M, Lu, Q, Barlos, D, Prescott, L, McCracken, B, Xu, DZ, Bosch, M, Deitch, EA, Feinman, R.

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