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.
Reading, hiking, snowboarding, cycling and spending time with family.
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.
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.
- Univ. of WashingtonMaster2009
- Univ. of North Carolina SOMMedical education1996
- UW - Division of General Internal MedicineInternship
- UW - Dept. of NeurologyResidency
- UW - Dept. of NeurologyFellowship
- American Board of Psychiatry & NeurologyNeurology2002
- American Board of Psychiatry & NeurologySleep Medicine2007