Dr. Joseph Watson, MD

Dr. Joseph Watson, MD

Dr. Joseph Watson, MD

Languages: English
Phone: 703-748-1000

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Specialties
  • Neurosurgery
Conditions I Treat
  • aneurysm
  • arteriovenous malformation
  • glioblastoma multiforme
  • glioma
  • meningioma
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Procedures I Perform
  • cervical laminotomy
  • chiari decompression
  • craniotomy
  • endonasal transsphenoidal approach
  • microvascular decompression
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About the Provider

Joseph C. Watson, MD is a neurosurgeon practicing at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, and professor of Neurosurgery at Georgetown University. Dr. Watson’s clinical specialties include heading the brain tumor program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, pituitary surgery, brain tumor and meningioma surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and management of spinal AVM's, brain AVM and Moya Moya disease.  He is fluent in English, French, and medical Spanish. 

Dr. Watson earned his Medical Doctorate at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his surgical internship and residency with the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond (now V.C.U.). He has received additional training in pituitary surgery and cerebrovascular research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

An active member of the research community, Dr. Watson has particular interest in neuroprotection, ischemia, brain tumor biology and pituitary tumors. He is a frequent speaker on topics including brain tumors and pituitary surgery. 

Dr. Watson is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He is an active member of the American Medical Association, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Neurosurgical Society of the Virginias, International Society of Pituitary Surgeons, Southern Neurosurgical Society, and the Washington Academy of Neurological Surgery (for which he has previously served as secretary and president). 

Education
  • Fellowship Program: National Institute of Health (1999)
  • Residency Program: Medical College of Virginia (1997)
  • Internship Program: Medical College of Virginia (1992)
  • Medical School: University of California at San Diego (1991)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery
Insurance
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    Since the MedStar Health providers span the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia regions, our participation with DC, Maryland and Virginia Medical Assistance programs varies by provider group. Please contact your MedStar Physician’s Office to assist with verifying Medical Assistance participation. If you are enrolled in a Medicaid Managed Care Organization, please contact your Medicaid health plan to verify participation.


Practice Locations
  • 8230 Boone Boulevard
    Vienna, VA 22182
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    Phone: 703-748-1000

  • 1850 Town Center Parkway
    OPERATING ROOM
    Reston, VA 20190
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  • 3300 Gallows Road
    Falls Church, VA 22042
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  • 1850 Town Center Parkway
    OPERATING ROOM
    Reston, VA 20190
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  • 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
    Lombardi Center
    Washington, DC 20007
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Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital