TSU, Meharry partner to create pipeline of African-American physicians, dentists

One of TSU’s most distinguished graduates, Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., an internationally renowned cardiac surgeon, who holds an honorary degree from Meharry, is the namesake for a new partnership focused on establishing a pipeline of African-American doctors and dentists to provide essential care to underserved communities. (Courtesy photos)

by Special to TSDMemphis.com

NASHVILLE – Tennessee State University (TSU) and Meharry Medical College, two historically Black academic institutions in Nashville, have formed a new partnership focused on establishing a pipeline of African-American doctors and dentists to provide essential care to underserved communities.

The initiative is named after one of TSU’s most distinguished graduates, Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., an internationally renowned cardiac surgeon, who holds an honorary degree from Meharry.

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the need for greater commitment to eliminating health disparities among African-American communities and to advance health equity among all underserved populations.

The newly created Dr. Levi Watkins


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