David Watkins

Acting Instructor
University of Washington, School of Medicine

David Watkins is a physician-scientist in the Departments of Medicine at the University of Washington and University of Cape Town, and he is a senior researcher with the Disease Control Priorities Network, and his scientific interest is in priority setting for health in low- and middle-income countries, with a particular interest on prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases. 

Dr. Watkins is a contributor to volumes 5, 7, and 9 of DCP3. He is the lead author of chapters in volume 5 on structural heart diseases and extended cost-effectiveness analysis of CVD policies, and he is a co-author of the overview and burden of disease chapters. He is a the lead author of chapters on volume 7 on burden of disease and economic evidence. Finally, he is the lead author of two synthesis chapters in volume 9 that deal with intersectoral health priorities and essential universal health coverage.

Dr. Watkins received a bachelor of science from Rhodes College and a doctor of medicine from Duke University before moving to the University of Washington in Seattle, where he completed a residency in internal medicine, an MPH through the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and a research fellowship in health economics with the Disease Control Priorities Network.