Levi Watkins Jr. Archives
Jun. 15, 2023—Johns Hopkins University has named the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center in Baltimore for the late Levi Watkins Jr., MD, Vanderbilt University’s first Black medical school graduate in 1970 best known for his pioneering heart surgery and civil rights activism.
Oct. 27, 2022—The 21st annual Levi Watkins Jr. MD Lecture recognized the contributions of several Vanderbilt faculty, trainees and students who have made contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Oct. 14, 2021—Levi Watkins Jr., MD, has an enduring legacy as a cardiovascular surgeon, mentor and advocate, and Vanderbilt's John Tarpley, MD, recently shared his reflections about the remarkable impact of his friend and colleague, both on the medical profession and on the lives of others.
Oct. 6, 2021—At Tuesday’s Levi Watkins Jr. MD Lecture, George C. Hill, PhD, delivered the keynote address, “Dr. Levi Watkins and Mr. Vivien Thomas: Memories and Lessons Learned from Two Outstanding Lives of Service.”
Oct. 7, 2020—The 19th annual Levi Watkins Jr., MD Lecture was held Oct. 6, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Watkins’ graduation from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Watkins, who was the first African American student to attend and graduate from VUSM, died in 2015.
Oct. 9, 2019—UCLA's Isla Garraway, MD, PhD, delivered Tuesday's Levi Watkins Jr., MD Lecture.
Sep. 9, 2019—The 18th Annual Levi Watkins Jr., MD Lecture will be held at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in 208 Light Hall. Isla Garraway, MD, PhD, associate professor of Urology and director of research at UCLA, will deliver the lecture.
Oct. 11, 2018—André Churchwell, MD, welcomed those gathered at the 17th Annual Levi Watkins Jr., MD Lecture on Tuesday with a reminder of who they were honoring and why.
Sep. 13, 2018—Nominations are being sought for the Levi Watkins Jr., MD, Faculty Award and the Levi Watkins Jr., MD, Student Award.
Oct. 12, 2017—As the guest speaker for the 16th annual Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., Lecture, Levi Garraway, M.D., Ph.D., outlined the influence his family had on his storied career, particularly the impact of his uncle, for whom the lecture is named.
Sep. 13, 2017—Dr. Levi Garraway, senior vice president for global development and medical affairs for Lilly Oncology, will present the 16th annual Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., Lecture Oct. 10.