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Dr. Joseph Watson

Neurosurgery
Vienna, VA
31 years experience male

Locations

Office

Vienna

Address

8230 Boone Blvd, Suite 360, Vienna
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Dr. Watson studied biology at Stanford University and completed his medical school at the University of California, San Diego. He was then trained in neurosurgery at the Medical College of Virginia (now Virginia Commonwealth University). He went on to complete a pituitary and vascular fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. He has 20 years experience in brain protection research. Dr. Watson has published articles and has presented his work both nationally and internationally. He is the founder of the Pituitary Adenoma Research Foundation and its current scientific advisor. His practice is primarily pituitary and brain tumors but also includes cerebrovascular disease (AVM’s and aneurysms), trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, Chiari malformations, spinal AVM’s, and cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis. Additionally, he has participated in medical missions to St. Lucia in the Caribbean, and Guatemala. Pituitary Surgery He specializes in the removal of pituitary adenomas using a technique that spares the normal pituitary gland, known as subcapsular microdissection. If the gland is working before surgery, this technique keeps it intact and helps prevent the leakage of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) during and after surgery. Patients don’t need a new MRI the day of surgery or X-rays during surgery. Endoscopic and microscopic techniques are chosen based on the tumor type and the patient’s anatomy. Spinal surgery Dr. Watson performs minimally invasive spinal surgery that allows patients to return to home sooner with less pain. These include muscle dilating minimally invasive discectomy and unilateral decompression techniques. Dr. Watson completed a spinal surgery proctorship in Memphis, TN, with the co-inventor of the minimally invasive spinal discectomy system and is the author on the chapter for minimally invasive spinal surgery in the premier textbook, “Spine Surgery”.

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Neurosurgery

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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Prolactinoma: You have a prolactinoma until proven otherwise. The best initial treatment is a medication that inhibits prolactin secretion from the tumor and acts ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Head pain: Although it is not likely to be a tumor, you should have an MRI to make sure you do not have a Chiari malformation or colloid cyst.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Broken neck: Bones take at least 6 weeks to heal. Given your age, they are probably healed by now. Typically your doctor will now take an X-ray to check, and if ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Anatomic variant: MRI is an amazing test with the details it reveals. Frequently though the radiologist will remark on something normal that is more unusual (an normal... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Could be related: If you have syringomyelia (fluid in the spinal cord) and syringobulbia (fluid in the brainstem) they are likely contiguous (connected) and the most co... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Meningioma: Unfortunately meningiomas do not just go away. They may be difficult to see on MRI if small enough and if contrast is not given, etc. Generally it i... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Spondylolisthesis: Spondylolisthesis at your age means there may be a weakness of the bones called a pars defect. It allows for abnormal translation (slippage) of one b... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Ulcer alert: Green or black stool can mean bleeding in your digestive tract and you may become anemic from it (may cause dizziness). Please have it checked right ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Spinal cord edema: Spinal cord edema is never normal is is most certainly the cause of your symptoms. The most common cause is cervical spinal stenosis. However if you... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
History and exam: Typically the diagnosis of a third nerve palsy is made by a history of double vision and then a clinical exam that demonstrates and abnormality of the... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Venous stenosis: Would ask your doctor about a cerebral venous sinus pressure study. Often the radiologist will find a blockage or "stenosis" in a vein inside the hea... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Distinct layers: Pachymeningitis refers to inflammation (itis) of the covering of the brain known as the dura mater or pachymenix. Leptomeningitis refers to inflammat... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Fasciculations: Tongue twitching could be fasciculations of the muscle. This should be evaluated to be sure it is not associated with other medical conditions.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Facial spasms: Does the twitching involve just one side of the forehead? If so it could be a condition known as Tic Convusif or hemifacial spasm. This typically in... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Brain feels no pain: Brain tumors are not painful per se since the brain does not feel for itself. However, many patient do have headaches from irritation of the covering... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Amoeba: Naegleri lives in warm, stagnant fresh water such as lakes: not in dust.
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Thin blood: I suspect it is from abnormal blood coagulation. Are you on blood thinners? If so you may want to have them checked/adjusted.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Easy does it: A firm palpable lump on the anterior neck is very unlikely to be related to the carotid. If it is pulsating, that would be more worrisome.
A member asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Head pain: Brief head pain suggests either irritation of the trigeminal nerve (shoots into the face on one side) or a cluster headache. The treatments are very ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Tumor origins: Brain tumors, like any neoplasms in the body, can be induced by an interplay of genetic and environmental factors. In other words, there are inherite... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Lipomatosis: One possible cause is that you own body makes too much steroid (this happens with some tumors, excess stress, and some other medications). Please hav... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Watson
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Pros and cons: Both procedures are good for treating your primary problem by giving the spinal cord more room. The pros and cons differ. First the ACDF is a fusion... Read More

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This was extremely reassuring AND helpful! Thank you much Dr. Watson!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Diego School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

MEDICAL COLLEGE OF VIRGINIA HOSPITALS

Awards

Top specialty preceptor, VCU School of Medicine 2006-7; 2010-11; 2012-13
Top Doctor, First Place, the Arlington Region - Spring
2017
Thought Leader, Second Place, the Arlington Region - Spring
2017

Affiliations

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Southern Neurological Society
George Washington University Medical Center
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