Dr. Watkins completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at New York University. In 1976, he entered Harvard Medical School, where his interest in research was cultivated in medical student rotations in the laboratories of A. Clifford Barger (Integrated Cardiovascular Physiology) and Barry M. Brenner (Renal Physiology). After two years of surgical residency at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Watkins served two years of active duty in the United States Army, surgical residency at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, then Vascular Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In April 2002, Dr. Watkins assumed the directorship of the Vascular Surgery Research Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is a Visiting Surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. His clinical interests are in aneurysm repair (thoracic and abdominal), limb ischemia, carotid occlusive disease, wound cure and venous insufficiency.
Conrad MF, Kang J, Cambria RP, Brewster DC, Watkins MT, Kwolek CJ, LaMuraglia GM. Infrapopliteal balloon angioplasty for the treatment of chronic occlusive disease. J Vasc Surg. 2009 Oct;50(4):799-805.
Crawford RS, Albadawi H, Atkins M, Jones J, Hashmi F, Austen WG Jr, Watkins MT. Post Ischemic PARP Inhibition Reduces Ischemia Reperfusion Injury in a Hind Limb Ischemia Model, Surgery 2010;148(1):110-8.
Kang J, Albadawi H, Patel V, Yoo HJ, Cambria RP, Watkins MT. Effect of Hypothermia on Thoracic Aortic Ischemia Reperfusion, J Vasc Surgery 2010;52(2):435-43
The MGH recently hosted the 21st annual meeting of The Society of Black Academic Surgeons.