William C. Watters, III, MD

Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Institute for Academic Medicine
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Biography

Dr. Watters has completed residencies in both Internal Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery as well as advanced training in spinal surgery. He served for five years as chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Kelsey Seybold Clinic and practiced Orthopedic Spinal Surgery at the Bone and Joint Clinic of Houston prior to joining the Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group.

Description of Research

Dr. William Watters, III specializes in treating degenerative and traumatic conditions of the adult spine. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters as well as spoken frequently, both nationally and internationally, on spinal disease. He is an expert on evidence-based medicine and has served in this capacity as the chair of major committees at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS) and The North American Spine Society (NASS). In addition, Dr. Watters serves on the Board of Directors of NASS and the American Board of Spine Surgery. He is the past-president and past Research Council Chair of NASS and is a past-president of the Texas Spine Society. He sits on the Board of Advisers for World Spine Care and for Palladian, a healthcare management company. He also sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for The Spine Journal and reviews for Spine and the Journal of the Spinal Arthroplasty Society.

Areas Of Expertise

Spine surgery Minimally invasive spine disc surgery Neck surgery Spine fixation Spine fusion spine injections
Publications

One size does not fit all: Involve orthopaedic implant patients in deciding whether to use prophylactic antibiotics with dental procedures
Jevsevar, DS, Cummins, DS, Azar, FM, Parsley, BS, Fehring, TK, Lachiewicz, PF & Watters, WC 2015, The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, vol 23, no. 3, pp. 141-142. DOI: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-15-00045

North American Spine society presidential address
Watters, WC 2015, Spine Journal, vol 15, no. 3, pp. 383-387. DOI: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.12.146

The american academy of orthopaedic surgeons appropriate use criteria on the treatment of distal radius fractures
Watters, WC, Sanders, JO, Murray, J & Patel, N 2014, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A, vol 96, no. 2, pp. 160-161. DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.M.01314

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 10: Lumbar fusion for stenosis without spondylolisthesis
Resnick, DK, Watters, WC, Mummaneni, PV, Dailey, AT, Choudhri, TF, Eck, JC, Sharan, A, Groff, MW, Wang, JC, Ghogawala, Z, Dhall, SS & Kaiser, MG 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 62-66. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14275

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 14: Brace therapy as an adjunct to or substitute for lumbar fusion
Dailey, AT, Ghogawala, Z, Ghogawala, Z, Choudhri, TF, Watters, WC, Resnick, DK, Sharan, A, Eck, JC, Mummaneni, PV, Wang, JC, Groff, MW, Dhall, SS & Kaiser, MG 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 91-101. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14282

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 7: Lumbar fusion for intractable low-back pain without stenosis or spondylolisthesis
Eck, JC, Sharan, A, Ghogawala, Z, Resnick, DK, Watters, WC, Mummaneni, RV, Dailey, AT, Choudhri, TF, Groff, MW, Wang, JC, Dhall, SS & Kaiser, MG 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 42-47. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14270

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 9: Lumbar fusion for stenosis with spondylolisthesis
Resnick, DK, Watters, WC, Sharan, A, Mummaneni, PV, Dailey, AT, Wang, JC, Choudhri, TF, Eck, JC, Ghogawala, Z, Ghogawala, Z, Groff, MW, Dhall, SS & Kaiser, MG 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 54-61. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14274

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 2: Assessment of functional outcome following lumbar fusion
Ghogawala, Z, Ghogawala, Z, Resnick, DK, Watters, WC, Mummaneni, PV, Dailey, AT, Choudhri, TF, Eck, JC, Sharan, A, Groff, MW, Wang, JC, Dhall, SS & Kaiser, MG 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 7-13. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14258

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 8: Lumbar fusion for disc herniation and radiculopathy
Wang, JC, Dailey, AT, Mummaneni, PV, Ghogawala, Z, Ghogawala, Z, Resnick, DK, Watters, WC, Groff, MW, Choudhri, TF, Eck, JC, Sharan, A, Dhall, SS & Kaiser, MG 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 48-53. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14271

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 1: Introduction and methodology
Kaiser, MG, Eck, JC, Groff, MW, Watters, WC, Dailey, AT, Resnick, DK, Choudhri, TF, Sharan, A, Wang, JC, Mummaneni, PV, Dhall, SS, Ghogawala, Z & Ghogawala, Z 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 2-6. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14257

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 11: Interbody techniques for lumbar fusion
Mummaneni, PV, Dhall, SS, Eck, JC, Groff, MW, Ghogawala, Z, Ghogawala, Z, Watters, WC, Dailey, AT, Resnick, DK, Choudhri, TF, Sharan, A, Wang, JC & Kaiser, MG 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 67-74. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14276

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 15: Electrophysiological monitoring and lumbar fusion
Sharan, A, Groff, MW, Dailey, AT, Ghogawala, Z, Ghogawala, Z, Resnick, DK, Watters, WC, Mummaneni, PV, Choudhri, TF, Eck, JC, Wang, JC, Dhall, SS & Kaiser, MG 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 102-105. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14324

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 12: Pedicle screw fixation as an adjunct to posterolateral fusion
Groff, MW, Dailey, AT, Ghogawala, Z, Ghogawala, Z, Resnick, DK, Watters, WC, Mummaneni, PV, Choudhri, TF, Eck, JC, Sharan, A, Wang, JC, Dhall, SS & Kaiser, MG 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 75-78. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14277

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 16: Bone graft extenders and substitutes as an adjunct for lumbar fusion
Kaiser, MG, Groff, MW, Watters, WC, Ghogawala, Z, Ghogawala, Z, Mummaneni, PV, Dailey, AT, Choudhri, TF, Eck, JC, Sharan, A, Wang, JC, Dhall, SS & Resnick, DK 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 106-132. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14325

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 5: Correlation between radiographic outcome and function
Dhall, SS, Choudhri, TF, Eck, JC, Groff, MW, Ghogawala, Z, Ghogawala, Z, Watters, WC, Dailey, AT, Resnick, DK, Sharan, A, Mummaneni, PV, Wang, JC & Kaiser, MG 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 31-36. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14268

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 17: Bone growth stimulators as an adjunct for lumbar fusion
Kaiser, MG, Eck, JC, Groff, MW, Ghogawala, Z, Ghogawala, Z, Watters, WC, Dailey, AT, Resnick, DK, Choudhri, TF, Sharan, A, Wang, JC, Dhall, SS & Mummaneni, PV 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 133-139. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14326

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 3: Assessment of economic outcome
Ghogawala, Z, Ghogawala, Z, Whitmore, RG, Whitmore, RG, Watters, WC, Sharan, A, Mummaneni, PV, Dailey, AT, Choudhri, TF, Eck, JC, Groff, MW, Wang, JC, Resnick, DK, Dhall, SS & Kaiser, MG 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 14-22. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14259

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 13: Injection therapies, low-back pain, and lumbar fusion
Watters, WC, Resnick, DK, Eck, JC, Ghogawala, Z, Ghogawala, Z, Mummaneni, PV, Dailey, AT, Choudhri, TF, Sharan, A, Groff, MW, Wang, JC, Dhall, SS & Kaiser, MG 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 79-90. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14281

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 4: Radiographic assessment of fusion status
Choudhri, TF, Mummaneni, PV, Dhall, SS, Eck, JC, Groff, MW, Ghogawala, Z, Ghogawala, Z, Watters, WC, Dailey, AT, Resnick, DK, Sharan, A, Wang, JC & Kaiser, MG 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 23-30. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14267

Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 6: Discography for patient selection
Eck, JC, Sharan, A, Resnick, DK, Watters, WC, Ghogawala, Z, Ghogawala, Z, Dailey, AT, Mummaneni, PNV, Groff, MW, Wang, JC, Choudhri, TF, Dhall, SS & Kaiser, MG 2014, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 37-41. DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14269