Timothy C. Watson, M.D.

Timothy C. Watson, M.D.


Spine Specialist

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Timothy C. Watson, M.D., graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal physiology and received his medical degree from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. His surgical internship was at the North Chicago VA Hospital, and his orthopedic residency followed at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Watson's residency included terms of training at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Hospital (rehabilitation) in Los Angeles, the University of Washington (trauma), and the Shriners Hospital (pediatric). Dr. Watson also completed a year of fellowship training in spinal surgery at the University of California at Davis.

Following his training, Dr. Watson traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he practiced spinal surgery until the end of 1989, when he moved his practice to Fresno in order to be closer to family. Since that time, Dr. Watson's focus has been on spinal disorders of children and adults. He has special interests in minimally invasive spine surgery and in children's spine problems and participates in the care of scoliosis and deformities at Children's Hospital of Central California.

The predominance of his work, however, is in the treatment of degenerative/traumatic disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His hospital affiliations include St. Agnes Medical Center, Community Hospitals, Fresno Surgery Center, San Joaquin Rehabilitation Center, and Children's Hospital of the Central Valley.

Dr. Watson is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, California Orthopaedic Association, North American Spine Society, and Sequoia Orthopaedic Association, and he is licensed to practice medicine in the state of California. He has been board-certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery since 1989 and was recertified in 1999 and 2009.

Dr. Watson is married and has two children. His hobbies include woodworking, automobile restoration, amateur automobile racing, and flying helicopters.

Dr. Watson accepts patients, both adults and children, with spine disorders. He also deals with medical legal issues in patients with spine problems and treats workers’ compensation as well as nonwork-related spine injuries and disorders.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Watson at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics' Spruce Campus, please call (559) 449-1622.

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Education, Training, and Affiliations

  • Medical Degree, Rush University
  • Surgical Internship, North Chicago VA Hospital
  • Orthopedic Residency, University of Hawaii
  • Fellowship, Spinal Surgery, University of California at Davis
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member, California Orthopaedic Association
  • Member, North American Spine Society
  • Member, Sequoia Orthopaedic Association
“Pleasant experience; prompt service; friendly staff. Gained much needed insight during my consultation with Dr. Watson.”
– Maria G.
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