Ronald O. Watson MD

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Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine

Education and Experience

Dr. Watson earned his medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Before joining The Polyclinic, Dr. Watson spent 29 years in practice at Swedish Medical Group West Seattle and served as its medical director for 15 years.

Career Influence

“I decided to become a physician because I enjoy working with people and I love science. Reading about the latest, best ideas to help patients energizes me. Growing up, I admired my uncle, a devoted, hard-working rural doctor, and during college, I worked with a wise, respected internal medicine doctor who always emphasized that a doctor’s main job is to listen to his patients. I try to emulate these two mentors.”

Clinical Interest

Dr. Watson provides comprehensive primary care to adults. He has a special interest in preventive medicine and helping patients maintain good physical and mental health, including managing chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, anxiety and depression. He also enjoys sports medicine.

Personal Interest

Dr. Watson likes to stay active and enjoys a wide range of sports including running, bicycling, swimming, and Nordic skiing. He loves the outdoors and spends a lot of time gardening, hiking, and boating. On the dark rainy days, he enjoys a good book. He says his best days are spent with his wife and three adult children; one shares his passion for medicine and attends medical school at the University of Washington.

Practice Philosophy

“I most enjoy helping patients make good choices to stay healthy. Preventing disease to avoid needing doctors at all is my primary goal. When bad health strikes, I like reviewing the medical evidence with patients, hearing their goals, and helping them decide on the best approach. I appreciate the impact of a patient’s emotional state on illness, since mental health and physical health are keys to overall wellness.”

"I spent many years practicing in West Seattle and loved being part of that community, getting to know and treat many generations of the same families. In 2016, I retired early, but in 2017, I decided it was too early. I returned to practice because I truly missed it. Helping patients gives me great satisfaction.”

Teaching Involvement

Dr. Watson was a long-term clinical faculty member at University of Washington School of Medicine.

Community Involvement

Dr. Watson is actively involved with the Village Bicycle Project, a charity that collects used bicycles and ships them to West Africa to provide affordable, sustainable transportation.

Professional Involvement

Active member of the American College of Physicians

King County Medical Society

Recognition (Honors/Awards)

Dr. Watson earned certification from the National Commission for Quality Assurance for excellence in diabetes care.



Below is a video featuring Dr. Watson. Watch more videos from The Polyclinic on our YouTube channel.

Meet Dr. Watson

Watch this video to learn why Dr. Watson came out of retirement, his practice philosophy and interests outside of work.