Rabindra Watson, MD, FASGE, DABOM

Director of Bariatric Endoscopy, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at CPMC, UCSF, SFVA

Santa Monica, CA

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Dr. Watson is the Director of Bariatric Endoscopy of the Interventional Endoscopy Services department at California Pacific Medical Center. He is recognized nationally as a leader in bariatric endoscopy and is passionate about helping patients achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. He is active in the development and testing of novel therapeutic endoscopic techniques which include primary endoscopic therapies for obesity, endoscopic treatment of weight regain following bariatric surgery, and treatment of post-surgical complications. He is recognized as a key opinion leader in interventional endoscopy and has lectured throughout the country and internationally, and has served as a consultant to several start ups and leading device technology companies. Dr. Watson completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of California, San Francisco. He subsequently completed an advanced endoscopy fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was then recruited to UCLA where he served as the Advanced Endoscopy Training Director and was honored with winning the UCLA GI teaching award as well as consistently being named a Top Doctor since 2015. He is active in clinical research, having secured competitive grant funding and published over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is board-certified in Gastroenterology and Obesity Medicine, and is a fellow of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, the Association of Bariatric Endoscopy, Obesity Society and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Watson’s additional interests include the interplay between the mind, gut and health. He recognizes the critical role our guts and microbiome play in health and chronic disease, and believes the gut is central to our sense of well-being. He is passionate about educating patients on the importance of caring for our minds and bodies through mindfulness-based stress reduction practices and adoption of a gut friendly diet centered on whole plant-based foods.

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Gastroenterology
Obesity
Colonic Polyps
Colon Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Acute Pancreatitis
Chronic Pancreatitis
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Work experience

Aug 2017 - Present

California Pacific Medical Center, University of California San Francisco

Director of Bariatric Endoscopy, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

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2013 - Jun 2017

UCLA Health

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

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2011 - Jun 2013

UCLA Health System

Clinical Instructor of Medicine

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2010 - 2011

Massachusetts General Hospital

Fellow

2007 - 2010

UCSF Gastroenterology

Fellow

Education

1996 - 2000

The Johns Hopkins University

BA, Public Health

Board Certified

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