Dr. Joseph Watson
30 years experience male
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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Education & Training
UC San Diego School of Medicine, CA
MEDICAL COLLEGE OF VIRGINIA HOSPITALS
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