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

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






  • Professor


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UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center

3160 Folsom Blvd, Suite 2100
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Clinic Fax: 916-734-5078
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Watson specializes in medically intractable epilepsy, hippocampal sclerosis, lesional epilepsy, vagus nerve stimulation therapy, and neuroimaging in epilepsy.

Research/Academic Interests

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


Cell Biology and Human Anatomy


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

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

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

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

Internship: Neurology, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA, 1977-78


Neurology, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA, 1978-81


Visiting Scientist-Epilepsy Program, Montreal Neuro Institute-McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1990-91

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Neurology

American Association of Anatomists

American Association of Clinical Anatomists

American Epilepsy Society

American Neurological Association

Honors and Awards

The Best Doctors in America, 2013

The Best Doctors in America, 2012

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

Select Recent Publications

Watson C, Andermann F, Gloor P, Jones-Gotman M, Peters T, Evans A, Olivier A, Melanson D, Leroux G.  Anatomical basis of amygdaloid and hippocampal volume measurement by magnetic resonance imaging. <i>Neurology</i> 1992;42:1743-1750.

Watson C, Nielsen SL, Cobb C, Burgerman R, Williamson B.  Pathological grading system for hippocampal sclerosis:  Correlation with magnetic resonance imaging-based volume measurements of the hippocampus. <i>J Epilepsy</i> 1996;9:56-64.

Watson C, Cendes F, Fuerst D, Dubeau F, Williamson B, Evans A, Andermann F.  Specificity of volumetric magnetic resonance imaging in detecting hippocampal sclerosis. <i>Arch Neurol</i> 1997;54:67-73.

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.  <i>Brain</i> 1999;122:799-805.

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.  <i>Arch Neurol</i> 2000;57:497-500.

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. <i>Neurology</i> 2001;57:184-188.

Fuerst D, Shah J, Shah A, Watson C.  Hippocampal sclerosis is a progressive disorder: a longitudinal volumetric MRI study.  <i>Ann Neurol</i> 2003;53:413-416.

Atkinson M, Juhasz C, Shah J, Guo X, Kupsky W, Fuerst D, Johnson R, Watson C.  Paradoxical imaging findings in cerebral gliomas. <i>J Neurol Sci</i> 2008;269:180-183.

Varade P, Rayes M, Basha M, Watson C.  Ictal syncope in a patient with temporal lobe epilepsy. <i>Neurology</i> 2013;80:e172-e174.