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Department of Neurology

Department of Neurology

Faculty | Professors



Epilepsy, Neuroimaging,
Vagus Nerve Stimulation




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

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

Professor of Clinical Neurology
Professor of Cell Biology & Human Anatomy
Specialty: Neurology

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St., Suite 3700
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 734-6284

Clinical & Research Interests

Craig Watson specializes in medically intractable epilepsy, hippocampal sclerosis, lesional epilepsy, nonpharmacological epilepsy therapy, and neuroimaging in epilepsy, especially quantitative volumetric MRI of medial temporal lobe structures. Dr. Watson also has research, clinical, and educational interests in neuroanatomical correlates of neurological disorders.


University of California, Davis
Davis, California
M.D., 1977


University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
M.S., Ph.D., Anatomy, 1971


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


University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
Sacramento, California
Neurology, 1977-1978


University of California. Davis, School of Medicine
Sacramento, California
Neurology, 1978-1981

Board Certifications

National Board of Medical Examiners, 1978
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1983

Professional Memberships

American Neurological Association (Fellow)
American Academy of Neurology (Fellow)
Epilepsy Section & Neuroimaging Section, American Academy of Neurology
American Association of Anatomists
American Association of Clinical Anatomists
American Epilepsy Society
American Society of Neuroimaging
International League Against Epilepsy

Select Publications

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


Watson C. Basic Human Neuroanatomy: A Clinically Oriented Atlas, 6th Edition.  Lulu.com, (print and electronic versions), 2012.


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


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


Watson C.  Hippocampal sclerosis and the syndrome of medial temporal lobe epilepsy.  Expert Rev Neurotherapeutics 2003;3:821-828.


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;57:184-188.


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;57:497-500.


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;122:799-805.


Watson C, Jack CR, Cendes F.  Volumetric magnetic resonance imaging:  Clinical applications and contributions to the understanding of temporal lobe epilepsy.  Arch Neurol 1997;54:1521-1531.


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


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.  J Epilepsy 1996;9:56-64.


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.  Neurology 1992;42:1743-1750.


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