William C. Watters III, MD

  • Orthopedic surgeon, Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Professor of clinical orthopedic surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

William C. Watters III, MD

Areas of Expertise

  • Back & Neck Pain
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Neck Surgery
  • Pain Management
  • Spine Fixation
  • Spine Fusion
  • Spine Surgery

Credentials

BOARD CERTIFICATION
Orthopedics and Spine
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Harvard Medical School-Boston, MA | 1974
RESIDENCY
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia, PA | 1980
INTERNSHIP
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia, PA | 1975

Publications

Guideline summary review: an evidence-based clinical guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain
Kreiner, DS, Matz, P, Bono, CM, Cho, CH, Easa, JE, Ghiselli, G, Ghogawala, Z, Reitman, CA, Resnick, DK, Watters, WC, Annaswamy, TM, Baisden, J, Bartynski, WS, Bess, S, Brewer, RP, Cassidy, RC, Cheng, DS, Christie, SD, Chutkan, NB, Cohen, BA, Dagenais, S, Enix, DE, Dougherty, P, Golish, SR, Gulur, P, Hwang, SW, Kilincer, C, King, JA, Lipson, AC, Lisi, AJ, Meagher, RJ, OToole, JE, Park, P, Pekmezci, M, Perry, DR, Prasad, R, Provenzano, DA, Radcliff, KE, Rahmathulla, G, Reinsel, TE, Rich, RL, Robbins, DS, Rosolowski, KA, Sembrano, JN, Sharma, AK, Stout, AA, Taleghani, CK, Tauzell, RA, Trammell, T, Vorobeychik, Y & Yahiro, AM 2020, , Spine Journal, vol. 20, no. 7, pp. 998-1024. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spinee.2020.04.006

The Global Spine Care Initiative: care pathway for people with spine-related concerns
Haldeman, S, Johnson, CD, Chou, R, Nordin, M, Côté, P, Hurwitz, EL, Green, BN, Cedraschi, C, Acaroglu, E, Kopansky-Giles, D, Ameis, A, Adjei-Kwayisi, A, Ayhan, S, Blyth, F, Borenstein, D, Brady, ODD, Brooks, P, Camilleri, C, Castellote, JM, Clay, MB, Davatchi, F, Dunn, R, Goertz, C, Griffith, EA, Hondras, M, Kane, EJ, Lemeunier, N, Mayer, J, Mmopelwa, T, Modic, M, Moss, J, Mullerpatan, R, Muteti, E, Mwaniki, L, Ngandeu-Singwe, M, Outerbridge, G, Randhawa, K, Shearer, H, Sönmez, E, Torres, C, Torres, P, Verville, L, Vlok, A, Watters, W, Wong, CC & Yu, H 2018, , European Spine Journal, vol. 27, pp. 901-914. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00586-018-5721-y

The Global Spine Care Initiative: World Spine Care executive summary on reducing spine-related disability in low- and middle-income communities
Haldeman, S, Nordin, M, Chou, R, Côté, P, Hurwitz, EL, Johnson, CD, Randhawa, K, Green, BN, Kopansky-Giles, D, Acaroglu, E, Ameis, A, Cedraschi, C, Aartun, E, Adjei-Kwayisi, A, Ayhan, S, Aziz, A, Bas, T, Blyth, F, Borenstein, D, Brady, ODD, Brooks, P, Camilleri, C, Castellote, JM, Clay, MB, Davatchi, F, Dudler, J, Dunn, R, Eberspaecher, S, Emmerich, J, Farcy, JP, Fisher-Jeffes, N, Goertz, C, Grevitt, M, Griffith, EA, Hajjaj-Hassouni, N, Hartvigsen, J, Hondras, M, Kane, EJ, Laplante, J, Lemeunier, N, Mayer, J, Mior, S, Mmopelwa, T, Modic, M, Moss, J, Mullerpatan, R, Muteti, E, Mwaniki, L, Ngandeu-Singwe, M, Outerbridge, G, Rajasekaran, S, Shearer, H, Smuck, M, Sönmez, E, Tavares, P, Taylor-Vaisey, A, Torres, C, Torres, P, van der Horst, A, Verville, L, Vialle, E, Kumar, GV, Vlok, A, Watters, W, Wong, CC, Wong, JJ, Yu, H & Yüksel, S 2018, , European Spine Journal, vol. 27, pp. 776-785. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00586-018-5722-x

The Global Spine Care Initiative: model of care and implementation
Johnson, CD, Haldeman, S, Chou, R, Nordin, M, Green, BN, Côté, P, Hurwitz, EL, Kopansky-Giles, D, Acaroglu, E, Cedraschi, C, Ameis, A, Randhawa, K, Aartun, E, Adjei-Kwayisi, A, Ayhan, S, Aziz, A, Bas, T, Blyth, F, Borenstein, D, Brady, ODD, Brooks, P, Camilleri, C, Castellote, JM, Clay, MB, Davatchi, F, Dudler, J, Dunn, R, Eberspaecher, S, Emmerich, J, Farcy, JP, Fisher-Jeffes, N, Goertz, C, Grevitt, M, Griffith, EA, Hajjaj-Hassouni, N, Hartvigsen, J, Hondras, M, Kane, EJ, Laplante, J, Lemeunier, N, Mayer, J, Mior, S, Mmopelwa, T, Modic, M, Moss, J, Mullerpatan, R, Muteti, E, Mwaniki, L, Ngandeu-Singwe, M, Outerbridge, G, Rajasekaran, S, Shearer, H, Smuck, M, Sönmez, E, Tavares, P, Taylor-Vaisey, A, Torres, C, Torres, P, van der Horst, A, Verville, L, Vialle, E, Kumar, GV, Vlok, A, Watters, W, Wong, CC, Wong, JJ, Yu, H & Yüksel, S 2018, , European Spine Journal, vol. 27, pp. 925-945. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00586-018-5720-z

The Global Spine Care Initiative: methodology, contributors, and disclosures
Johnson, CD, Haldeman, S, Nordin, M, Chou, R, Côté, P, Hurwitz, EL, Green, BN, Kopansky-Giles, D, Randhawa, K, Cedraschi, C, Ameis, A, Acaroglu, E, Aartun, E, Adjei-Kwayisi, A, Ayhan, S, Aziz, A, Bas, T, Blyth, F, Borenstein, D, Brady, ODD, Brooks, P, Camilleri, C, Castellote, JM, Clay, MB, Davatchi, F, Dudler, J, Dunn, R, Eberspaecher, S, Emmerich, J, Farcy, JP, Fisher-Jeffes, N, Goertz, C, Grevitt, M, Griffith, EA, Hajjaj-Hassouni, N, Hartvigsen, J, Hondras, M, Kane, EJ, Laplante, J, Lemeunier, N, Mayer, J, Mior, S, Mmopelwa, T, Modic, M, Moss, J, Mullerpatan, R, Muteti, E, Mwaniki, L, Ngandeu-Singwe, M, Outerbridge, G, Rajasekaran, S, Shearer, H, Smuck, M, Sönmez, E, Tavares, P, Taylor-Vaisey, A, Torres, C, Torres, P, van der Horst, A, Verville, L, Vialle, E, Kumar, GV, Vlok, A, Watters, W, Wong, CC, Wong, JJ, Yu, H & Yüksel, S 2018, , European Spine Journal, vol. 27, pp. 786-795. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00586-018-5723-9

The Global Spine Care Initiative: classification system for spine-related concerns
Haldeman, S, Johnson, CD, Chou, R, Nordin, M, Côté, P, Hurwitz, EL, Green, BN, Kopansky-Giles, D, Cedraschi, C, Aartun, E, Acaroglu, E, Ameis, A, Ayhan, S, Blyth, F, Borenstein, D, Brady, ODD, Davatchi, F, Goertz, C, Hajjaj-Hassouni, N, Hartvigsen, J, Hondras, M, Lemeunier, N, Mayer, J, Mior, S, Mmopelwa, T, Modic, M, Mullerpatan, R, Mwaniki, L, Ngandeu-Singwe, M, Outerbridge, G, Randhawa, K, Sönmez, E, Torres, C, Torres, P, Watters, W & Yu, H 2018, , European Spine Journal, vol. 27, pp. 889-900. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00586-018-5724-8

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. https://doi.org/10.5435/JAAOS-D-15-00045

North American Spine society presidential address
Watters, WC 2015, , Spine Journal, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 383-387. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.2106/JBJS.M.01314

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: 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. https://doi.org/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: 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. https://doi.org/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: 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. https://doi.org/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: 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. https://doi.org/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: 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. https://doi.org/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: 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. https://doi.org/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: 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. https://doi.org/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: 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. https://doi.org/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: 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. https://doi.org/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: 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. https://doi.org/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: 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. https://doi.org/10.3171/2014.4.SPINE14268

Languages

  • English