Alexander Hawkins
Last active: 12/14/2017


Dr. Alexander T. Hawkins MD, MPH is currently an Assistant Professor at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery.  Dr. Hawkins received his medical degree from the University of Virginia and graduated as member of the AOA honor society. He completed his general surgery training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA and went on to serve a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St Louis, MO.   During medical school, he spent extensive time in the northern part of Tanzania conducting clinical research in both infectious disease and surgery.  He completed a two-year Cabot Fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Center for Surgery and Public Health funded by a T32 training grant and a Masters in Public Health Candidate (Quantitative Methods Concentration) at the Harvard School of Public Health.  He has research interests in Colon & Rectal Surgery outcomes, health service research, and global surgery and has multiple first author publications in these areas.  He has worked with numerous large databases, including NSQIP, NIS and the SID/SEED.  His clinical focus is broad and includes colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and ano-rectal issues. 


The following timeline graph is generated from all co-authored publications.

Featured publications are shown below:

  1. Nodal Disease in Rectal Cancer Patients With Complete Tumor Response After Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation: Danger Below Calm Waters. Baucom RB, Maguire LH, Kavalukas SL, Geiger TM, Ford MM, Muldoon RL, Hopkins MB, Hawkins AT (2017) Dis Colon Rectum 60(12): 1260-1266
    › Primary publication · 29112561 (PubMed)
  2. Management of colonoscopic perforations: A systematic review. Hawkins AT, Sharp KW, Ford MM, Muldoon RL, Hopkins MB, Geiger TM (2018) Am J Surg 215(4): 712-718
    › Primary publication · 28865668 (PubMed)
  3. Barriers to laparoscopic colon resection for cancer: a national analysis. Hawkins AT, Ford MM, Benjamin Hopkins M, Muldoon RL, Wanderer JP, Parikh AA, Geiger TM (2018) Surg Endosc 32(2): 1035-1042
    › Primary publication · 28840352 (PubMed)
  4. Masquerading as Sigmoid Adenocarcinoma: A Unique Presentation of High-Grade Serous Carcinoma Arising from Endometriosis. Johnson WR, Kensinger CD, Desai MA, Hawkins AT (2017) Am Surg 83(8): e316-317
    › Primary publication · 28822373 (PubMed)
  5. Morbidity Associated with Diverting Loop Ileostomies: Weighing Diversion in Rectosigmoid Resection. Belkin N, Bordeianou LG, Shellito PC, Hawkins AT (2017) Am Surg 83(7): 786-792
    › Primary publication · 28738953 (PubMed)
  6. The Authors Reply. Wells KO, Hawkins AT, Silviera ML (2017) Dis Colon Rectum 60(7): e594-e595
    › Primary publication · 28594728 (PubMed)
  7. Preoperative Chemotherapy and Survival for Large Anorectal Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: A National Analysis of 333 Cases. Hawkins AT, Wells KO, Krishnamurty DM, Hunt SR, Mutch MG, Glasgow SC, Wise PE, Silviera ML (2017) Ann Surg Oncol 24(5): 1195-1201
    › Primary publication · 28050726 (PubMed)
  8. Omission of Adjuvant Chemotherapy Is Associated With Increased Mortality in Patients With T3N0 Colon Cancer With Inadequate Lymph Node Harvest. Wells KO, Hawkins AT, Krishnamurthy DM, Dharmarajan S, Glasgow SC, Hunt SR, Mutch MG, Wise P, Silviera ML (2017) Dis Colon Rectum 60(1): 15-21
    › Primary publication · 27926553 (PubMed)
  9. Does Diverting Loop Ileostomy Improve Outcomes Following Open Ileo-Colic Anastomoses? A Nationwide Analysis. Hawkins AT, Dharmarajan S, Wells KK, Krishnamurty DM, Mutch MG, Glasgow SC (2016) J Gastrointest Surg 20(10): 1738-43
    › Primary publication · 27507555 (PubMed)
  10. Watch and Wait: Is Surgery Always Necessary for Rectal Cancer? Hawkins AT, Hunt SR (2016) Curr Treat Options Oncol 17(5): 22
    › Primary publication · 27032644 (PubMed)
  11. Concurrent venography during first rib resection and scalenectomy for venous thoracic outlet syndrome is safe and efficient. Hawkins AT, Schaumeier MJ, Smith AD, de Vos MS, Ho KJ, Semel ME, Nguyen LL (2015) J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord 3(3): 290-4
    › Primary publication · 26992308 (PubMed) · PMC4800744 (PubMed Central)
  12. Predictors of major amputation despite patent bypass grafts. Smith AD, Hawkins AT, Schaumeier MJ, de Vos MS, Conte MS, Nguyen LL (2016) J Vasc Surg 63(5): 1279-88
    › Primary publication · 26860641 (PubMed)
  13. Impact of Rising Grades of Internal Rectal Intussusception on Fecal Continence and Symptoms of Constipation. Hawkins AT, Olariu AG, Savitt LR, Gingipally S, Wakamatsu MM, Pulliam S, Weinstein MM, Bordeianou L (2016) Dis Colon Rectum 59(1): 54-61
    › Primary publication · 26651113 (PubMed)
  14. Impact of Expanded Insurance Coverage on Racial Disparities in Vascular Disease: Insights From Massachusetts. Loehrer AP, Hawkins AT, Auchincloss HG, Song Z, Hutter MM, Patel VI (2016) Ann Surg 263(4): 705-11
    › Primary publication · 26587850 (PubMed) · PMC4777641 (PubMed Central)
  15. The effect of social integration on outcomes after major lower extremity amputation. Hawkins AT, Pallangyo AJ, Herman AM, Schaumeier MJ, Smith AD, Hevelone ND, Crandell DM, Nguyen LL (2016) J Vasc Surg 63(1): 154-62
    › Primary publication · 26474508 (PubMed) · PMC4739523 (PubMed Central)
  16. Delayed recurrent pericarditis complicated by pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade in a blunt trauma patient. Khidir HH, Bloom JP, Hawkins AT (2015) J Emerg Trauma Shock 8(1): 49-51
    › Primary publication · 25709254 (PubMed) · PMC4335158 (PubMed Central)
  17. The effect of surgeon specialization on outcomes after ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Hawkins AT, Smith AD, Schaumeier MJ, de Vos MS, Hevelone ND, Nguyen LL (2014) J Vasc Surg 60(3): 590-6
    › Primary publication · 24797551 (PubMed)
  18. A systematic review of functional and quality of life assessment after major lower extremity amputation. Hawkins AT, Henry AJ, Crandell DM, Nguyen LL (2014) Ann Vasc Surg 28(3): 763-80
    › Primary publication · 24495325 (PubMed)
  19. National variation in the utilization of alternative imaging in peripheral arterial disease. de Vos MS, Hawkins AT, Hevelone ND, Hamming JF, Nguyen LL (2014) J Vasc Surg 59(5): 1315-22.e1
    › Primary publication · 24423477 (PubMed)
  20. Wound dehiscence after abdominoperineal resection for low rectal cancer is associated with decreased survival. Hawkins AT, Berger DL, Shellito PC, Sylla P, Bordeianou L (2014) Dis Colon Rectum 57(2): 143-50
    › Primary publication · 24401874 (PubMed) · PMC3904669 (PubMed Central)
  21. When to call it a day: incremental risk of amputation and death after multiple revascularization. Hawkins AT, Schaumeier MJ, Smith AD, Hevelone ND, Nguyen LL (2014) Ann Vasc Surg 28(1): 35-47
    › Primary publication · 24332258 (PubMed)
  22. Retrospective evaluation of elastic stain in the assessment of serosal invasion of pT3N0 colorectal cancers. Liang WY, Chang WC, Hsu CY, Arnason T, Berger D, Hawkins AT, Sylla P, Lauwers GY (2013) Am J Surg Pathol 37(10): 1565-70
    › Primary publication · 23774172 (PubMed)
  23. Factors predicting resource utilization and survival after major amputation. Henry AJ, Hevelone ND, Hawkins AT, Watkins MT, Belkin M, Nguyen LL (2013) J Vasc Surg 57(3): 784-90
    › Primary publication · 23312839 (PubMed)
  24. Low CD4 count plus coma predicts cryptococcal meningitis in Tanzania. Kisenge PR, Hawkins AT, Maro VP, McHele JP, Swai NS, Mueller A, Houpt ER (2007) BMC Infect Dis : 39
    › Primary publication · 17493266 (PubMed) · PMC1876460 (PubMed Central)