William Watters III, MD

William Watters III, MD, MMS, MS

Orthopaedic Surgery Houston, TX

Past President, North American Spine Society Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Clinical Professor Orthopedics, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas


Office Address

  • 6624 Fannin St
    Suite 2600
    Houston, TX 77030
    Phone: (713) 790-1818
    Fax: (713) 790-7500

William Watters III, MD, MMS, MS

Orthopaedic Surgery Houston, TX

Past President, North American Spine Society Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Clinical Professor Orthopedics, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Orthopaedic Surgery: Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Clinical Interests: Evidence-Based Medicine

Education & Medical Training

  • Harvard Medical SchoolHarvard Medical School
  • University of Pennsylvania Health SystemUniversity of Pennsylvania Health System
  • University of Wisconsin

Certifications & Licensure

  • TX State Medical LicenseTX State Medical License1982 - 2015
  • American Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryOrthopaedic Surgery, 1981, Current
  • AOA Board of Orthopedic SurgeryOrthopedic Surgery, 1982, Current

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Compassionate Doctor Award2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Top DoctorUS News and World Report, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Achievement AwardAmerican Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, 2013

Publications & Presentations

PubMed

Journal Articles

  • Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine Part 1: Introduction and methodology  Michael G. Kaiser, M.D., Jason C. Eck, D.O., M.S., Michael W. Groff, M.D., William C. Watters III, M.D., Andrew T. Dailey, M.D., Daniel K. Resnick, M.D., Tanvir F. Cho..., Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 1/1/2014
  • Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine Part 2: Assessment of functional outcome following lumbar fusion  Zoher Ghogawala, M.D., Daniel K. Resnick, M.D., William C. Watters III, M.D., Praveen V. Mummaneni, M.D., Andrew T. Dailey, M.D., Tanvir F. Choudhri, M.D., Jason C. Ec..., Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 1/1/2014
  • Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine Part 3: Assessment of economic outcome  Zoher Ghogawala, M.D., Robert G. Whitmore, M.D., William C. Watters III, M.D., Alok Sharan, M.D., Praveen V. Mummaneni, M.D., Andrew T. Dailey, M.D., Tanvir F. Choudhr..., Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 1/1/2014

Books/Book Chapters

  • Prove it! Evidence-based Analysis of Common Spine Practice. Chapter: Case 22: L5-S1 Slip and Herniation. 
    Watters, W.C.
    Editors: Bono, CM and Fisher, CG.Wolters Kluer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA
    2010
  • Occupational Musculoskeletal disorders: Function, Outcomes, and Evidence Chapter: Diagnostic imaging in Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders. 
    Watters, W.C.
    Editors: Mayer, T.G. and Gatchel, R.J..Lippincott-Raven
    2000
  • Techniques in Spinal Stabilization. Chapter: Utilization of the Rogozinski Rod System for Stabilization of the Lumbosacral and Thorocolumbar Spine. 
    Rogozinski, C., Rogozinski, A., and Watters, W.C.
    Editors: Fessler, R.G..McGraw Hill, New York, NY
    1996

Abstracts/Posters

  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Deformity Surgery. Watters, W.C. (Session Director and Moderator), IV World Congress on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Techniques, Paris, France, 6/11/2014
  • Concurrent Session 3: Cutting Edge. Jacquot, F., Watters, W.C. (Moderators), IV World Congress on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Techniques, Paris, France, 6/11/2014
  • What are Best Practices for Spinal Stenosis? Watters, W.C., Bone and Joint Initiative’s 2013 Musculoskeletal Summit: Best Practices in Patient-centered Musculoskeletal Care, Washington, DC, 11/18/2013

Lectures

  • An Evidence-based analysis of the likelihood of adjacent segment disease developing above or below a lumbar motion segment fusions. Clear Lake, TX - 3/17/2009
  • Evidence-based Medicine and the Workers’ Compensation Patient. Houston, TX - 3/3/2007
  • Overview and Use of the ODG Treatment Guidelines. Houston, TX - 3/3/2007

Other

  • Faking Medical Records WC Watters, Spineline
    9/1/2014
  • NASS: All Things Spine. WC Watters, Spineline
    3/1/2014
  • Ethical Decision Making: The Patient-physician relationship. WC Watters, Spineline
    1/1/2014

Professional Memberships"

Hospital Affiliations

ACO/IPA Affiliations

  • St Luke's IPA

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Texas BlueChoice
  • CIGNA HMO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • CIGNA PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO

Medical Groups

  • Bone & Joint Clinic Of Houston

Industry Relationships

  • ConsultantStryker
    2009 - 2011
    Cervical Plate
    Disclosure: Royalty Payments
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