Anthony C. Watkins, <span>MD</span>

Anthony C. Watkins, MD

Transplantation Surgery
Surgery (Board Certified)
Office Phone: (212) 746-5330


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. 

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University of Tennessee College of Medicine

Residency: Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School

Fellowship: 2010 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center


  • 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

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Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College

  • Laparoscopic Renal Transplantation, October 2011
  • 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