Millard Darnell Collins, Jr. was born in New Orleans, LA on January 4, 1976, to the late Millard D. Collins, Sr. and Dianne Joseph Collins. He graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1997 with a B.S. in Chemistry, then pursued a career in medicine at Meharry Medical College. Since that time, Nashville, TN, and Meharry Medical College have been his home. Dr. Collins received his M.D. in 2001, then got married just 6 weeks later to his college sweetheart, LaTandra Gilmore of Houston, TX. They have been married over 16 ½ years and are blessed with two wonderful daughters, Mary Leigh, and Lauren Elizabeth.
Since graduating from Meharry Medical College, and completing training there in Family Medicine (board certified since 2004), Dr. Collins has worn many hats, including Clerkship Director, Residency Program Director, Associate Dean of Student & Academic Affairs, and currently serves as Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine. In addition to his efforts at Meharry, he also has completed a Mini-Fellowship in Geriatrics at UCLA (2008) and is a Harvard Macy Scholar (2010). Dr. Collins has an enthusiastic and innovative approach to curriculum design and clinical practice. Despite the tremendous administrative duties assigned, he has continued clinical interest ranging from inpatient and outpatient medicine, women’s health, geriatrics, and addiction. Meharry Medical College is a place he proudly calls home.
Having spent years as a clinician with a busy practice and as a passionate professor of medicine, Dr. Collins spends his days as a versatile administrator, mentor to many students, residents and junior faculty, and letting the local Nashville community and beyond know of his passion for serving God through the worship of mankind. It is indeed his hope to apply his innovative approach to problem-solving to the larger societal needs surrounding health disparities.