Dr. Deborah Watson, MD

Dr. Deborah Watson, MD

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 51
Dr. Deborah Watson, MD is an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery specialist in La Jolla, CA and has been practicing for 19 years. She graduated from Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California in 1992 and specializes in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.Read her story

9350 Campus Point Dr

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Postnasal Drip
more than 82% of peers
Ear Disorders
more than 66% of peers
more than 57% of peers

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Dr. Watson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Watson "Deborah Watson, MD, is a board-certified surgeon focusing on rhinoplasty (plastic surgery of the nose), nasal reconstruction, external ear reconstruction, and cosmetic facial plastic surgery. Dr. Watson is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and was named a “Top Doc" in San Diego Magazine in the field of Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat). Dr. Watson has an extensive research background and is currently pursuing research in tissue-engineered cartilage for its use in craniofacial reconstruction. The future application of this tissue technology will benefit individuals who have birth defects involving the cartilage framework of their nose or ears, or have acquired deformities of these facial areas from trauma, cancer resection or aggressive alterations from previous surgery. Dr. Watson is a professor for the Department of Surgery at the University of California, San Diego, School Of Medicine, director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the UC San Diego Medical Center, and residency director for the division of Head and Neck Surgical Training Program. Dr. Watson earned her medical degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She completed her general surgery and otolaryngology head and neck surgery residencies at the UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Watson did a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and had the privilege of training with internationally-renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons. When not at work, Dr. Watson enjoys drawing, painting, sculpting and calligraphy. She is a recognized artist and sculptor with her work displayed at art exhibitions and published in journals and magazine. She finds that her artistic talent enhances her surgical and reconstructive expertise."


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1  Specialties

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

38  Conditions Treated


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15  Procedures

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Wound Repair

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California
    Medical School | Graduated 1992
  • Ucla Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Ucla/ucla Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998
  • University of Illinois
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Watson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Watson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Watson to family and friends
6 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (6)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Watson's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

Dr. Watson performed a septoplasty (deviated septum) on me. She assured me the surgery was simple; and she did not warn me of the side effects. 2 years later, my breathing is worse than before. I have numbness in my nose. And my nose permanently looks swollen and crooked.
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