Nominations sought for annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. awards; 2023 lecture is Oct. 24

Save the date for the 22nd annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Lecture to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at noon. More information will be available soon.

In addition, nominations are now being sought for the annual Levi Watkins, Jr. Awards.

Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr.
Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr.

Awards will be given to honor at least one Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty member, house staff member, graduate student and medical student that have made outstanding contributions in improving diversity, inclusion and equity to honor Dr. Watkins’ commitment to improving healthcare for all people.

Nominations can be submitted by uploading a maximum of one page to the link below by Oct. 3.


About Levi Watkins, Jr.

Levi Watkins Jr., MD’70, made significant contributions toward increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities in the sciences. A distinguished physician and researcher, Watkins became the first African American student to be admitted to VUSM in 1966. He graduated in 1970 and was selected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He continued his training at Johns Hopkins and Harvard. Watkins embodied the attributes important to serving as a renowned role model for those who pursue careers in medicine and the biomedical sciences.