David Watkins

Clinical Instructor
University of Washington, Department of Global Health

David Watkins is a clinical instructor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington and hospital medicine physician at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He is a research fellow with the Disease Control Priorities Network and is currently completing a Master of Public Health (Global Health, Health Metrics and Evaluation track) at the University of Washington. Dr. Watkins’ main interest is health system strengthening around cardiovascular disease in sub-Saharan Africa, and he has maintained active research projects in South Africa since 2008.

His contributions to the DCP3 Cardio-metabolic and Respiratory Diseases volume include economic evaluations of salt and blood pressure reduction as well as of rheumatic heart disease prevention and control programs. He is also a co-author of the DCP3 chapter on rheumatic and congenital heart disease. Originally from Tennessee, Dr. Watkins received a bachelor of science in biochemistry from Rhodes College and a doctor of medicine from Duke University before moving to Seattle, where he completed a residency in internal medicine.