Thomas Watson, MD
Emergency Medicine / Family Medicine
Biography:Dr. Watson was born in Oklahoma and raised in Sunnyvale, California. He went to college at UC Riverside and graduated with a BS in Biomedical Sciences in 1980. Dr. Watson attended medical school at UCLA where he received his MD in 1983. Dr. Watson did his Internship/Residency at Ventura County Medical Center from 1983 to 1986. He was then employed in family practice at Ventura County Medical Center from 1986 to 1989.
Dr. Watson moved to the Intermountain Area in 1989 where he worked for the Intermountain Family Practice Group in Burney and Fall River until 2003 when Intermountain Family Practice Group merged with Mountain Valleys Health Centers and Dr. Watson has been working here since.
He and his wife have been married for 24 years and have 3 children currently in college.
His hobbies include autos, cooking, water sports, traveling, and the outdoors.
Dr. Watson is fluent in Spanish and each year volunteers his time in Third-World Hispanic countries. After retirement, he hopes to continue volunteering his knowledge and expertise in underserved Hispanic countries.
In 1949 a Chamber of Commerce hospital committee was formed and began taking the first steps toward a visionary project -Ward Memorial Hospital. The Chamber's "Hospital Committee" compiled the costs of building a new hospital to present to taxpayers -the first hospital bond issue was defeated in 1950. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. After one private hospital discontinued practice due to inadequate facilities, leaving only one that could handle just 23 patients, the need for a county hospital was again fronted to the citizens in 1953. With the support of local doctors, civic groups and women's clubs, a bond election was called in March of 1954. In June of 1954 the voters voted six-to-one in favor of a county hospital.