Craig Evan Watson, M.D., Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Craig Evan Watson, M.D., Ph.D.


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Locations and Contact

Midtown Neurology Clinic

3160 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Additional Numbers

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Watson also has research, clinical, and educational interests in neuroanatomical correlates of neurological disorders.


Cell Biology and Human Anatomy

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Medical Group

Undergraduate School

B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana IL 1967

Medical School

M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 1977

Other School

M.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 1971

Other School

Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 1971


Neurology, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 1977-1978


Neurology, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 1978-1981


Visiting Scientist-Epilepsy Program, Montreal Neuro Institute-McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1990-1991

The Best Doctors in America, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Educator Award of Excellence, UC Davis Health Stroke Program, 2015

Academic Keys Who's Who in Medicine Higher Education, 2015

Delphi Expert Panel Member, Development of a Harmonized Protocol for Hippocampal Segmentation: An International EADC-ADNI Joint Project, 2012

Boccardi M, Bocchetta M, Ganzola R, Robitaille N, Redolfi A, Duchesne S, Jack CR Jr, Frisoni GB; EADC-ADNI Working Group on The Harmonized Protocol for Manual Hippocampal Segmentation and for the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Operationalizing protocol differences for EADC-ADNI manual hippocampal segmentation. Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Feb;11(2):184-94. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2013.03.001. Epub 2013 May 21. PMID:23706515.

Apostolova LG, Zarow C, Biado K, Hurtz S, Boccardi M, Somme J, Honarpisheh H, Blanken AE, Brook J, Tung S, Lo D, Ng D, Alger JR, Vinters HV, Bocchetta M, Duvernoy H, Jack CR Jr, Frisoni GB; EADC-ADNI Working Group on the Harmonized Protocol for Manual Hippocampal Segmentation. Relationship between hippocampal atrophy and neuropathology markers: a 7T MRI validation study of the EADC-ADNI Harmonized Hippocampal Segmentation Protocol. Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Feb;11(2):139-50. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2015.01.001. Epub 2015 Jan 22. PMID:25620800.

Boccardi M, Bocchetta M, Apostolova LG, Barnes J, Bartzokis G, Corbetta G, DeCarli C, deToledo-Morrell L, Firbank M, Ganzola R, Gerritsen L, Henneman W, Killiany RJ, Malykhin N, Pasqualetti P, Pruessner JC, Redolfi A, Robitaille N, Soininen H, Tolomeo D, Wang L, Watson C, Wolf H, Duvernoy H, Duchesne S, Jack CR Jr, Frisoni GB; EADC-ADNI Working Group on the Harmonized Protocol for Manual Hippocampal Segmentation. Delphi definition of the EADC-ADNI Harmonized Protocol for hippocampal segmentation on magnetic resonance. Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Feb;11(2):126-38. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2014.02.009. Epub 2014 Aug 15. PMID:25130658.

Shah AK, Atkinson MD, Gupta P, Zak I, Watson CE, Rothermel R, Asano E, Fuerst D. Transient shivering during Wada test provides insight into human thermoregulation. Epilepsia. 2010 May;51(5):745-51. doi:10.1111/j.1528-1167.2009.02398.x. Epub 2009 Nov 16. PMID:19919666.

Fuerst D, Shah J, Shah A, Watson C. Hippocampal sclerosis is a progressive disorder: a longitudinal volumetric MRI study. Ann Neurol. 2003 Mar;53(3):413-6. doi:10.1002/ana.10509. PMID:12601713.

Cendes F, Li LM, Watson C, Andermann F, Dubeau F, Arnold DL. Is ictal recording mandatory in temporal lobe epilepsy? Not when the interictal electroencephalogram and hippocampal atrophy coincide. Arch Neurol. 2000 Apr;57(4):497-500. doi:10.1001/archneur.57.4.497. PMID:10768623.

Varade P, Rayes M, Basha M, Watson C. Pearls and oy-sters: ictal syncope in a patient with temporal lobe epilepsy. Neurology. 2013 Apr 16;80(16):e172-4. doi:10.1212/WNL.0b013e31828cf8e2. PMID:23589644.

Atkinson M, Juhász C, Shah J, Guo X, Kupsky W, Fuerst D, Johnson R, Watson C. Paradoxical imaging findings in cerebral gliomas. J Neurol Sci. 2008 Jun 15;269(1-2):180-3. doi:10.1016/j.jns.2007.12.029. Epub 2008 Feb 5. PMID:18255100.

Fuerst D, Shah J, Kupsky WJ, Johnson R, Shah A, Hayman-Abello B, Ergh T, Poore Q, Canady A, Watson C. Volumetric MRI, pathological, and neuropsychological progression in hippocampal sclerosis. Neurology. 2001 Jul 24;57(2):184-8. doi:10.1212/wnl.57.2.184. PMID:11468300.

Li LM, Cendes F, Andermann F, Watson C, Fish DR, Cook MJ, Dubeau F, Duncan JS, Shorvon SD, Berkovic SF, Free S, Olivier A, Harkness W, Arnold DL. Surgical outcome in patients with epilepsy and dual pathology. Brain. 1999 May;122(Pt 5):799-805. doi:10.1093/brain/122.5.799. PMID:10355666.