Dr. Joseph Watson

Vienna, VA
30 years experience male





8230 Boone Blvd, Suite 360, Vienna

My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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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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A 24-year-old female asked:
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30 years experience Neurosurgery
Numbness: Numbness is never normal and should be evaluated. If you arm and leg are affected and not your face, the concern is of the spinal cord more than the ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
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30 years experience Neurosurgery
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 48-year-old female asked:
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30 years experience Neurosurgery
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

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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Diego School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1991MD




Top specialty preceptor, VCU School of Medicine 2006-7; 2010-11; 2012-13


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