Dr. Joseph Watson, MD

Dr. Joseph Watson, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
52 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Joseph Watson, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Vienna, VA. He is 52 years old and has been practicing for 26 years. Dr. Watson is affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital, Reston Hospital Center, Mary Washington Hospital and StoneSprings Hospital Center.

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8230 Boone Blvd Ste 360

Vienna, VA 22182
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Accepted insurance

  • 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)

Learn about Dr. Watson

Care Philosophy

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.
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Dr. Watson's Experience

Dr. Watson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Neurosurgery
  • Board certified in Neurosurgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acromegaly
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm, Intracranial Berry
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Spine
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carney's Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Astrocytoma
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Glioma
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Disease
  • Pituitary Gland Cancer
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome


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  • Aneurysm Clipping
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniotomy
  • CyberKnife®, Cranial (Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Cranial) incl. Gamma Knife and LINAC Photon Beam
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Peripheral Nerve and Brachial Plexus Reconstruction
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

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.


  • Stanford University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1987
  • University Of California At San Diego
    Medical School | Graduated 1991
  • Virginia Commonwealth University McV Campus
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1992
  • Virginia Commonwealth University McV Campus
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1997
  • Natl Inst Hlth Ninds
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Watson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Watson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Watson to family and friends
based on 37 total reviews (12 with comments)
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 (12)
in Washington, DC |
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.
in Centreville va |
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.
Alexandria, VA |
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.
in Springfield, VA |
He is very knowledgeable. Extremely proficient. A true expert. And just a super nice guy. I highly highly recommend him with no reservations.
in Alexandria, VA |
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!
in Fairfax, VA |
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
in Woodbridge, VA |
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.
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.
in Strasburg, VA |
great doctor very caring of a doctor. takes his time with his patient. Amazon Doctor
in Burke, VA |
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!
in VIRGINIA Beach |
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
in Woodbridge VA |
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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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Watson accepts 37 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • 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
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • 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)
  • Health Net
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medica
  • Medicaid
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
  • Wellcare of Georgia

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Hospitals where Dr. Watson has admitting privileges

StoneSprings Hospital Center
24440 Stone Springs Blvd.
Dulles, VA 20166
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Reston Hospital Center
1850 Town Center Pkwy
Reston, VA 20190
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Inova Fairfax Hospital
3300 Gallows Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042
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Mary Washington Hospital
1001 Sam Perry Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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