Dr. Joseph Watson, MD

Dr. Joseph Watson, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 55

Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(703) 748-1000

Dr. Joseph Watson, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Vienna, VA. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Reston Hospital Center and Inova Alexandria Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Watson to book an appointment.

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Tyson's office8230 Boone Blvd Ste 360 Vienna, VA 22182
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Dr. Watson is affiliated with Reston Hospital Center Reston, a highly rated hospital.

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  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
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Dr. Watson's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Watson

4.6

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What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (39)
  • Explained conditions well (39)
  • Listened & answered questions (39)
What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (4)
  • Difficult to schedule appointment (4)
  • Appointment was rushed (3)
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Dr. Watson was a very caring person to my son who is Down Syndrome. Explains things very well.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Sep 04, 2020
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Dr. Watson is fantastic. I met with a few neurosurgeons before ultimately choosing him, not only due to his vast experience but also the confidence he exudes when discussing his thoughts and plans. He always answered my questions patiently and made me feel cared for but also doesn’t sugar coat things so you can have realistic expectations. Also his office manager/receptionist Claudia is the best and I always appreciated her friendly demeanor and squeezing me into their schedules.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Shelby Lemmon – Aug 28, 2020
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He is an excellent surgeon, asks many questions, and is careful in his diagnosis.
What went well
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  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Nick – Nov 16, 2019
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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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Mallory T. in Strasburg, VA – Jan 17, 2019
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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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Purkat-Stefanski in Annandale, VA – Dec 12, 2018
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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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Cleon John in Sterling, VA – Oct 12, 2018
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He is the BEST!!! He saved my life.
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Gilda Sandberg in Woodbridge, VA – Nov 30, 2017
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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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Maged Soliman in fairfax, VA – Nov 15, 2017
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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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Jeanmarie P. in Clifton – Oct 26, 2017
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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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Marc DiFazio in Washington, DC – Aug 25, 2017
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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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Dawn Lofdahl in Centreville va – Jul 22, 2017
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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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Alexandria, VA – Jun 17, 2017
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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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Carol in Springfield, VA – Mar 30, 2017
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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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Sarah Price in Alexandria, VA – Mar 16, 2017
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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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Eve M in Fairfax, VA – Nov 05, 2016
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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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Jim M. in Woodbridge, VA – Oct 17, 2016
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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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Diane Rautio in Burke, VA – Feb 21, 2016
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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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Jerry in VIRGINIA Beach – Feb 20, 2016
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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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RM Hallman in Woodbridge VA – Jan 17, 2016
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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
Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Watson performs Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Watson performs this procedure more than 92% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Complex Skull Base Surgery
  • Craniectomy
  • Craniotomy
  • Craniotomy for Aneurysm
  • Craniotomy for Brain Tumor
  • Skull Base Surgery
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Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Watson treats Subarachnoid Hemorrhage more than 84% of his peers

Dr. Watson treats this condition more than 84% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
Chordoma
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Watson treats Chordoma more than 83% of his peers

Dr. Watson treats this condition more than 83% of his peers

Dr. Watson's conditions and procedures:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acromegaly
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm Clipping
  • Aneurysm, Intracranial Berry
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Spine
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • 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 Malformation Type 2
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • 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
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epilepsy
  • Glioma
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve and Brachial Plexus Reconstruction
  • Pituitary Disease
  • Pituitary Gland Cancer
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Repair Intracranial Aneurysm
  • 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 Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome

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About Me

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...Read more

Biography

Dr. Watson earned his medical degree in 1991 and did his residency at the Medical College of Virginia and did his fellowship at the National Institutes...Read more

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
1987
Stanford University
Undergraduate School
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Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Joseph Watson, MD?

Call (703) 748-1000 to make an appointment as a new patient. Click here for more information.

Does Dr. Joseph Watson, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Watson has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Joseph Watson, MD accepting new patients?

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Does Dr. Joseph Watson, MD accept my insurance?

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What are Dr. Joseph Watson, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Watson frequently treats Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, and Chordoma. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Watson treats.

Where is Dr. Joseph Watson, MD's office located?

Dr. Watson's office is located at 8230 Boone Blvd Ste 360, Vienna, VA 22182. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Joseph Watson, MD speak?

Dr. Watson speaks Spanish, French, and English. View profile to see all.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Watson is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Reston Hospital Center

Reston, VA

74% Patient Experience Rating, 5% higher than the national average

9 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2018)

Inova Alexandria Hospital

Alexandria, VA

67% Patient Experience Rating, 2% lower than the national average

14 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020)

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Fairfax, VA

77% Patient Experience Rating, 8% higher than the national average

18 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)

Inova Fairfax Hospital

Falls Church, VA

80% Patient Experience Rating, 11% higher than the national average

35 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019)

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

Alexandria, VA

77% Patient Experience Rating, 8% higher than the national average

3 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019)

Mary Washington Hospital

Fredericksburg, VA

70% Patient Experience Rating, 1% higher than the national average

8 Awards Received