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Dr. Watson

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Dr. Watson

A native of Spartanburg, Dr. Leigh Watson attended the Honors College at the University of South Carolina as a Carolina Scholar, where she was graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Dr. Watson attended medical school and residency training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She has been certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine since her graduation in 1992.

After residency, Dr. Watson served eight years active duty in the United States Air Force, stationed at Andrews AFB and Lackland AFB, where she earned the position of Chief of General Internal Medicine. She left the Air Force with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (select) to teach internal medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In 2000, she was elected Fellow in the American College of Physicians for accomplishments in education and patient care.

In 2002, Dr. Watson returned to South Carolina to teach medical students and residents at The University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville. She holds the rank of Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and was awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award in 2011 for her contributions to medical education. She is active in the Greenville County Medical Society, serving as president in 2010. After 10 years with an internal medicine practice in Greenville, Dr. Watson joined Woodward Medical Center in July 2012.

Dr. Watson enjoys helping patients understand their health conditions and their options for treatment, and designing practical treatment plans that fit well with their beliefs. When not working, Dr. Watson can be found cycling, hiking in the foothills, or tending to her many plants. She attends Christ Church Episcopal and has never met a stray cat she didn't like.