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OVERVIEW

I joined the department of surgical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1997 as a specialist in gastrointestinal cancers and sarcomas. Since that time, I pride myself on providing comprehensive patient education. I believe that it is vital for my patients and me to come to an understanding about treatment options.I am an advocate for patients and their families to make informed decisions regarding treatment. This typically reduces their anxiety and helps their comfort level. It is gratifying to hear from my patients that I communicate in a manner that puts them at ease and builds confidence in their decisions.Due to the complexity of GI cancers and sarcomas, my patients have many, many questions and I feel it is important that I make plenty of time to answer their questions and address their concerns.The patients I typically treat have complicated issues surrounding their disease, treatment and quality of life. I believe each case needs thoughtful care and that it is important to turn these complex problems into a logical format and strategy. Because each patient presents with a different set of circumstances, I like to provide the entire treatment plan up front, rather than taking it "a step at a time." My honest approach allows patients to feel more comfortable with their course of treatment. I think patients are more satisfied when they know what to expect. My experience with complex cases has resulted in many referrals from tertiary hospital physicians. These cases require a special expertise and not typically performed in community hospitals. In regular conversations with the referring surgeons, I explain my approach so that we share the same goal for the best outcome.A diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer or sarcoma requires the surgeon to coordinate multidisciplinary care. As the point person, I evaluate whether the patient is ready for surgery at the time of diagnosis. Often, we suggest further treatment from radiation or medical oncology that might benefit our patient prior to surgery.At Fox Chase, we have one of the busiest oncology operating rooms in the country - performing more GI surgeries than most hospitals in the region. With experience, come better outcomes. Our patients, in turn, feel more confident going into surgery.We have had the opportunity to integrate modern, minimally-invasive surgical techniques where appropriate. By performing laparoscopic cancer surgery (a minimally-invasive procedure) whenever possible, we maximize recovery time, maximize outcomes and help patients return to normal activity more quickly. In my area of special expertise, gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), our team will integrate therapy to treat patients nonsurgically if possible.Dr. Watson's Patient TestimonialsToni Applegate - Leiomyosarcoma Maria Bento - Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) Warren Chambers - Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) Bill Demesquita - Pancreatic Cancer (rare variety) Robert Disciullio - Pancreatic Cancer David Dougherty - Heppatocellular (Liver) Cancer Margaret Evans - Neuroendocrine Cancer of the Spleen Louis Fantacone - Stomach Cancer Angela Fedele - Breast, Kidney, Pancreatic Cancer Olapeju Ferreira - Leiomyosarcoma William L. Jefferson - Small Bowel Cancer William Killian - Colon Cancer with Metastases Chris Lyons - Hodgkin's Disease Anna Marchese - Ampullary Cancer (Pancreatic) Stephen McNamara - Prostate Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer Robert Mirkin - Stomach Cancer Grace Mullen - Leiomyosarcoma Ronald Schnell - Pancreatic Cancer Jim Slade - Prostate Cancer, Colon Cancer Janet Williams - Pancreatic Cancer Roger Yates - Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm (Pancreas) Paul Zych - Colon Cancer
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LOCATIONS

915 Lawn Ave
Sellersville, PA, 18960
Mon6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Tue6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wed6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Thu6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Fri6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat8:00 am - 12:00 pm
SunClosed
915 Lawn Ave Ste 203
Sellersville, PA, 18960
2000 Canal St
New Orleans, LA, 70112

CERTIFICATIONS & EDUCATION

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Medical School
University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Medical School
Graduated 1991
Residency
Lsu Health Sciences

INSURANCE PLANS ACCEPTED  (29)

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  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Capital BC PPO
  • First Health PPO
  • UHC Choice Plus POS
  • UHC Options PPO
  • PHCS PPO
  • QualCare PPO
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
  • QualCare HMO
  • UHC Navigate HMO
  • AmeriHealth HMO, POS, DPOS
  • Aexcel PPO
  • Keystone HMO Proactive
  • MEDICA CHOICE WITH UNITEDHEALTHC
  • Personal Choice EPO
  • Regional Preferred POS+
  • UHC NAVIGATE PLUS POS
  • UHC Nexus Open Access
  • Humana / ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Humana/ChoiceCare+ Network PPO
  • Medica Choice With UHC
  • Humana National POS
  • Humana HMO Premier
  • Humana Choice POS
  • Ambetter Superior Health Plan
  • Ambetter LA-Bronze Silver Gold 2023

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