Dr. Watson is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of foot and ankle disorders and arthroscopy. After graduating from the University of Southern California, he received his medical degree at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, graduating with honors. A one-year surgical internship was then completed at UCLA, before beginning his orthopaedic training at Tulane University in New Orleans. To pursue his interest in foot and ankle disorders, Dr. Watson was accepted to subspecialty training at one of the country's premier fellowships. He spent one year at the Miller Orthopaedic Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina studying foot and ankle disorders and treatments. During his fellowship, Dr. Watson served as the consultant to the North Carolina Dance Theater as well as participated in the care of professional athletes, including the Carolina Panthers (NFL) and Charlotte Hornets (NBA). Since starting his practice with Desert Orthopaedic Center in 2000, Dr. Watson founded the Foot and Ankle Institute and an educational website for patients, FeetMD. The Institute strives to educate patients, participate in clinical research and excel in patient care. He also established the Las Vegas Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship in 2013, helping to educate and train the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons. Dr. Watson and his team are active in research, resulting in numerous publications. Additionally, Dr. Watson has given over 200 academic presentations nationally and internationally. Dr. Watson and his wife Judith reside in Henderson and have twin boys and a younger daughter. His family is active in various sporting activities, church and other community activities.
Dr. Watson founded the Foot and Ankle Institute in 2000. The primary goals of the Institute are to provide the highest quality care in a compassionate environment with attention to patient education and informed decision making. Dr. Watson treats all conditions of the foot and ankle and has a special interest in sports related injuries of the foot and ankle.
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 Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Watson's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
Ankle Sprains and Strains
Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
Complications of Joint Prosthesis
Internal Derangement of Knee
Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
Osteoarthritis of Knee
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Excision of Femur or Knee
Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
Excision of Tibia or Fibula
Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
Nerve Block, Somatic
Peripheral Nerve Block
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
Trigger Point Injection
Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Nevada.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University of Southern California
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1987
Georgetown University School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1994
University of California At Los Angeles
Internship Hospital | Completed 1995
Tulane University of Louisiana
Residency Hospital | Completed 1999
Miller Ortho Clinic
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Watson has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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