Nathaniel Fletcher Watson M.D., M.Sc.

 Nathaniel  Fletcher Watson M.D., M.Sc.

Bio

Dr. Watson is a board-certified neurologist and sleep specialist. He joined the UW faculty in 2002 and is an active researcher, teacher and practitioner of…

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Patient Care Philosophy

To help patients achieve their full potential in life by providing a caring, cooperative environment to manage their sleep and neurological disorders.

Personal Interests

Reading, hiking, snowboarding, cycling and spending time with family.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Watson is adept at diagnosing and treating clinical sleep disorders of all types, including sleep-disordered breathing, insomnia, narcolepsy and other hypersomnias, restless legs syndrome/periodic limb movement disorder, and circadian rhythm disorders.

He uses polysomnography, multiple sleep latency testing, maintenance-of-wakefulness testing, and actigraphy in the diagnosis and management of these disorders.

He also attends on the general neurology service at Harborview Medical Center, where he cares for patients with stroke, epilepsy and other acute neurological disorders.

Research Interests

Dr. Watson is currently researching the genetic aspects of habitual sleep duration, sleepiness and circadian rhythms in conjunction with the UW Twin Registry. As part of this work, he is also investigating the impact of habitual sleep curtailment on metabolism, including the effect on obesity and glucose regulation.

He is interested in the interplay between neurological disorders and sleep, and has investigated sleep disorders and sleep quality in patients with traumatic brain injury and Arnold-Chiari-1 malformations.

He is a member of the UW Center for Clinical and Epidemiological Research.

Education

InstitutionCredentialYear
Univ. of WashingtonMaster2009
Univ. of North Carolina SOMMedical education1996
UW - Dept. of NeurologyFellowship
UW - Dept. of NeurologyResidency
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineInternship

DegreeDescriptionYear
MD1996

Board Certifications

CertificationSpecialtyYear
American Board of Psychiatry & NeurologySleep Medicine2007
American Board of Psychiatry & NeurologyNeurology2002
Dr. Watson is a board-certified neurologist and sleep specialist. He joined the UW faculty in 2002 and is an active researcher, teacher and practitioner of sleep medicine. His research interests focus on genomic aspects of sleep duration and the effects of sleep curtailment on metabolism and inflammation.

He is a UW associate professor of neurology and co-director of the UW Medicine Sleep Center. Nationally, Dr. Watson is current president of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and American Sleep Medicine Foundation.