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Mark Watson, M.D.
Mark Watson, M.D.

Mark Watson, M.D.

  • Surgery - GI/Endocrine Surgery
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux & Heartburn Surgery
  • Diaphragm Hernia Surgery


Mark Watson, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Co-Director of the UTSW Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery. He specializes in advanced laparoscopy techniques, which he deploys in all manner of hernia repairs, abdominal wall reconstruction procedures, gastric banding, and many other minimally invasive surgeries.

Dr. Watson earned his medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis and completed a residency in general surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital there. He joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 2002 and currently teaches, practices, and does research in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery.

He is a recognized authority on laparoscopic gastric banding, a bariatric procedure more commonly called the Lap-Band, having co-authored the patient-centered Lap-Band Companion Handbook in addition to many other publications in medical journals.

Dr. Watson is the immediate past president of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

Personal Note

A California native, he likes to surf and snow ski and says he likes Dallas even though it’s not a place that’s conducive to either of those activities. He’s also an avid bicycler and the father of three.

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Meet Dr. Watson

Complex Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery and Lap-Band Weight Loss Surgery Specialist

UT Southwestern’s Mark Watson, M.D., cares for patients with large and recurrent abdominal wall hernias. An article was recently published in the World Journal of Surgery that reported Dr. Watson’s previous 10 year experience with ventral hernia repairs utilizing his technique for abdominal wall reconstruction. An extremely low recurrence rate of five to seven percent was found. The incidence of major complications was minimal. A prospective trial is currently being developed to follow the progress of these patients in the future.

Dr. Watson wrote the book on Lap-Band weight loss surgery – literally. The Lap-Band Companion Handbook is a comprehensive guide for patients who either have had or are considering the procedure. Having performed Lap-Band operations for more than a dozen years, Dr. Watson is one of the nation’s pre-eminent authorities on the procedure, and he knows the decision to have the surgery is one no patient makes lightly.

“Compared to other bariatric surgery options, the Lap-Band is the safest procedure and it is reversible. But it is still surgery, and anytime you have surgery and are obese, there are risks,” Dr. Watson says. “What you have to balance is the decision for having surgery, with the risks of being obese and not doing anything at all.”

Prior to joining the faculty of UT Southwestern in 2002, Dr. Watson was already an accomplished surgeon performing a wide variety of advance laparoscopic procedures. He continues to devote much of his surgical practice to laparoscopic hiatal, ventral, and inguinal hernia repairs. Though he excels at patient care, he says that equally important to him is his role in training surgical residents in advanced laparoscopy.

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Education & Training
  • Graduate School - University of Texas at Dallas (2006-2010), Health Sector Management
  • Residency - Barnes Jewish Hospital (1988-1993), General Surgery
  • Medical School - Washington University School of Medicine (1984-1988)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • American Society for Bariatric Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
Honors & Awards
  • Outstanding Graduate Award 1984, College of Sciences, San Diego State Univ.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Resident Teaching 2004, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Laboratory comparisons of laparoscopic techniques of esophagectomy

Clinical Focus

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux & Heartburn Surgery
  • Diaphragm Hernia Surgery
  • Hernia & Abdominal Wall Repair Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery
  • General Surgical Procedures

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Q&A by Dr. Watson

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