Dr. David Watson, a native of West Virginia and graduate of the WVU School of Medicine, is Chair of the WVU Department of Neurology and Director of the WVU Headache Center. As Chair, he has worked for departmental growth, recruiting 16 new faculty physicians; supporting the growth of the residency program and the creation of new fellowship programs; and partnering with other hospitals to provide neurologic care where it is needed.
Dr. Watson’s clinical work focuses on patients with headache disorders and on providing greater access to clinical care for underserved populations. In addition, he is involved with resident and student education at all levels and is active in patient and professional advocacy. Dr. Watson founded Runnin' for Research, Inc., a charity which raises funds for headache and migraine research, and attends numerous lobbying days in Washington D.C. He is a member of the AMA Opioid Task Force, chairs the American Academy of Neurology Advocacy Engagement Subcommittee, is a member of the Advocacy Committee of the American Academy of Neurology, and has served as the Chair of the AAN Grassroots Working Group. He was awarded both the 2017 Palatucci Advocate of the Year award by the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Headache Society’s 2018 Above and Beyond Award.
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