Dr. Joseph C. Watson, MD

Dr. Joseph C. Watson, MD

34 reviews

Neurosurgery | Male | 51 years old

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.Read more

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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.Read more

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Patient Reviews (8)
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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Dr. Watson's 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.

Dr. Watson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Neurosurgery

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


  • Medical School
    University of California At San Diego

    Graduated in 1991

  • Internship Hospital
    Virginia Commonwealth University Mcv Campus

    Completed in 1992

  • Residency Hospital
    Virginia Commonwealth University Mcv Campus

    Completed in 1997

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Natl Inst Hlth NINDS

    Completed in 1999

  • Undergraduate School
    Stanford University

    Graduated in 1987

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

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  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • 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