Dr. Joseph Watson, MD

Dr. Joseph Watson, MD

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53 y/o
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Dr. Joseph Watson, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Vienna, VA and has been practicing for 20 years. He specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

Cerebrum MD

8230 Boone Blvd Ste 360

Vienna, VA 22182
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for Virginia
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Watson's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Subdural Hemorrhage
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Watson treats Subdural Hemorrhage more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Watson treats this condition more than 92% of his peers

Traumatic Brain Injury
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Watson treats Traumatic Brain Injury more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Watson treats this condition more than 91% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Meningiomas
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Watson treats Meningiomas more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Watson treats this condition more than 85% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Radiation-Induced Meningioma

Dr. Watson's conditions and procedures:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acromegaly
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm Clipping
  • Aneurysm, Intracranial Berry
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Spine
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carney's Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Astrocytoma
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Craniotomy
  • Cushing's Disease
  • CyberKnife®, Cranial (Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Cranial) incl. Gamma Knife and LINAC Photon Beam
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Glioma
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve and Brachial Plexus Reconstruction
  • Pituitary Disease
  • Pituitary Gland Cancer
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome

About Me

Want to provide the best surgical skill in the context of a caring and calm environment. My patients do not need the extra hassle of indifferent treatment in the office, as their troubles should be lessened, not augmented.

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

1999
Natl Inst Hlth NINDS
Fellowship Hospital
1997
Virginia Commonwealth University Mcv Campus
Residency Hospital
1992
Virginia Commonwealth University Mcv Campus
Internship Hospital
1991
University of California At San Diego
Medical School
1987
Stanford University
Undergraduate School
1999
1997
1992
1991
1987

Languages

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

Dr. Watson's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Watson

4.6

Based on 41 reviews

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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1 Star
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  • Staff friendliness
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Best Neurosurgeon. He has been my doctor since 2010. He is the best, he has a great bed side manner. He has referred mentors other types of doctors to make sure that the doctors are a match for me. His office and assistant doctors spend quality time with you and answer any questions. Amazing doctor and team.
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Dr. Watson is an awesome neurosurgeon, I can't recommend him highly enough! Husband was diagnosed with a very large brain tumor in early October. Unfortunately, his last & only treatment option was surgery. Post-op recovery can range from weeks to months. Thanks to Dr. Watson and his team, my husband walked out of the hospital less than 24hrs after surgery and his healing has been nothing short of miraculous. No facial paralysis, balance issues or dizziness. Amazing. Thank you!!!
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Hi, I was suffering from trigerminal Neuralgia for three years. finally decide to go under Micro Vascular Decompression, Found Dr Joseph Watson with almost 30 years of experience. At the first appointment, He scheduled the surgery immediately. He discharge me the next day after the surgery. it has been 3 months since the surgery, I'm totally pain free from the day one and no side effects. Dr Watson is a very Pleasant person with lots of kindness and care. Also he has the best staff.
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He is the BEST!!! He saved my life.
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Dr. Watson is the best. Wouldn’t let anyone else touch my brain. From his caring and applied attitude, to his knowledge and evident expertise. He has rock steady hands, and the best attitude anyone can ask for a Doctor/ Surgeon. He is confident and prompt in his answers and attitude. His office is welcoming and clean, his administration team are extremely helpful and nice. I recommend him to the world. He is the best at what he does.
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I feel like Dr. Watson saved my life. He removed a brain tumor with precision and care and the results were as if nothing every happened! His manner is reassuring and calm, and he has a sense of humor that meshes with mine.. After the surgery you will not feel abandoned by him or his office.
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Dr Watson was friendly and empathic during his initial visit with my father in law and family. My dad is Filipino and despite the cultural and language differences Dr. W made the plan simple and straightforward. He reassured everyone at the bedside and sat, giving us all the impression of an unrushed and caring clinician. After surgery he was communicative and attentive. He drove all the way west to my dad-in-law's rehab facility to visit him and check on his recovery! Well done and thank you.
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I was in need of a neurosurgeon and requested appointment on line. I was called the next morning and the receptionist was kind, caring and compassionate and found a new patient appointment for the following week. From the moment I walked into the office I felt comfortable and at ease. Dr. Watson came in and my husband and I liked him immediately. He Took time and answered all our questions. He has a excellent bedside manner and knack for putting you at ease and inspiring trust.
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I have been highly impressed with Dr Watson since my first visit. His personality and sense of caring along with his experience in the field of Neurosurgery left me with a sense of unquestionable trust leading up to my surgery. I had a large tumor removed just over a week ago and was home resting the following day. I have had zero complications thanks to this highly skilled surgeon. I would recommend Dr Watson to anyone in need on this kind of surgery.
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He is very knowledgeable. Extremely proficient. A true expert. And just a super nice guy. I highly highly recommend him with no reservations.
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Dr. Watson is superb. He is not only extremely knowledgeable and professional, but very caring. He was the 2nd neurosurgeon we consulted after my mother had emergency surgery in another state for a broken neck. The comparison between the two was extraordinary. Dr. Watson read and familiarized himself with my mothers case, her various scans, and the procedure she had. He then took the time to talk with her and make her feel safe and comfortable. I highly recommend Dr. Watson!
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Dr Watson's skills are amazing. He is an outstanding neurosurgeon. I recommend Dr Watson anytime because not only he is an amazing doctor but his knowledge along with his personality makes much easier to communicate
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Dr Watson is the most pleasant person and caring doctor I have ever met. He was covering for another surgeon is why o met him after a serious accident and needed follow up surgery for an infection and he talked to me like family and did what was needed right away. If all doctors were as nice and competent as Dr Watson our health care system would be so much better. Thank You for helping me and just for being a great person. This is Jim with broken neck and secondary infection. Best Doc ever.
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if he is the first surgeon you have seen, please get a second opinion. if he is the second doctor you have seen then return to the first doctor you saw or ask for a third opinion. my experience with dr. watson was less than ideal. my surgical outcome was not what I expected at all. I had more problems after he operated on me . after the one and only post-op appointment he was done with me.
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I felt totally comfortable with Dr. Watson from Day 1. He was honest, caring, and brilliantly diagnosed my conditions, one which was very risky, yet he performed so well that I no longer have ANY of the previous pain, something I lived with for over 40 years! I think if we ever move away and I need help of his kind, I'd actually consider making the trip to be under his care once again!
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Dr. Watson was an absolute pleasure to work with! Couldn't have asked for a better Dr who shows confidence and skill, but also a great concern and understanding of the patient and what we're experiencing! Everything went exactly as explained. Great staff! Thank you! Jerry Supra cella macro adenoma? Who says? Not me! It's gone! Buh-bye
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Told me, after looking at 7 month old MRI that I should see a psychiatrist for my prolactinoma symptoms which includes copious daily lactation at 56. Untreated pituitary tumors often cause cancers elsewhere in the body, but he JUDGED ME PERSONALLY and dismissed me out of hand. Now what? Well the Georgetown specialists and internist have found one metastatic growth in the month since I was sent to Watson. When an MD blows off a patient, the ease of scheduling is immaterial.
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Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Medicaid
Anthem
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Choice Advantage
Blue Choice Network POS
Blue Preferred PPO
CareFirst Maryland POS
CareOregon
Medicaid
CareSource
Medicaid
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access
Commercial Insurance Company
Community Health Choice
Medicaid
CoreSource
Coventry Health Care
Carelink PPO
Coventry Health Care of Virginia
Coventry Health Care of Virginia HMO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
Golden Rule
Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
GEHA
Health Net
Medicaid
Medicare Advantage PFFS
HealthPlus
Medicaid
HealthPlus Amerigroup
Medicaid
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Medicaid
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Husky Health
Medicaid
inHealth
Medicaid
INTotal Health
Medicaid
Kaiser Permanente
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
Medica
Medicaid
Medicaid
Midwest Health Plan
Medicaid
Molina Healthcare
Medicaid
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Peach State Health Plan
Medicaid
Simply Healthcare Plans
Medicaid
Staywell (Wellcare)
Medicaid
Tricare
TriCare for Life
UnitedHealthCare
Medicaid
United Healthcare
Wellcare of Georgia
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Inova Fairfax Hospital

Falls Church, VA

Mary Washington Hospital

Fredericksburg, VA