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Crystal Watkins, M.D./Ph.D. '03

A Commitment to Giving Back


Dr. Watkins
Dr. Crystal Watkins

In December, Crystal Watkins, M.D./Ph.D. '03, hosted a two-part series on dealing with grief and keeping fit during the holidays for Urban Health Radio on Baltimore’s WOLB 1010 AM. Part of Hopkins Medicine’s diversity initiatives, the Urban Health Radio Program provides easy-to-understand, culturally relevant programs addressing health issues affecting Baltimore residents.

"Breaking It Down: Our Health, Our Way" is a live, 60-minute broadcast featuring Q-&-A with Johns Hopkins Medicine experts, a host and listeners who call into the show. Malcolm Brock, Med '91, serves as the chief medical consultant for the radio program and is a thoracic surgeon at Johns Hopkins.

In addition to her work with Urban Health Radio, Dr. Watkins volunteers with the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program, a Hopkins school-based initiative to educate high school students, faculty and parents about depression. She is also involved in mentoring programs and has traveled to Guatemala and Ghana to volunteer in underserved areas.

Dr. Watkins, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the School of Medicine, received her doctorate degree under the mentorship of Dr. Solomon Snyder in molecular and cellular neuroscience. Her thesis research led to a patented discovery for a treatment for nerve disorders affecting diabetic patients. She completed her residency in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the School of Medicine.

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