A native and resident of Oakland, California, Geoffrey Watson obtained a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from the University of California at Davis and a medical degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Watson completed two years of his medical residency at the Vanderbilt Medical Center with his final year of medical residency completed at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, California.
In 1985, Dr. Watson started his medical career in Oakland as a specialist in the art of Internal Medicine working as a staff physician at the Arlington Medical Center along side his father, Dr. James A. Watson. His love of senior citizens allowed him to become the Medical Director of the Alta Bates Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility in 1987 and he has subsequently served as the Medical Director of Parkland Hospital and Excell Care Skilled Nursing Facilities. Dr. Watson has a special interest in education and has earned the position of Director of Continuing Medical Education at Fairmont Hospital in San Leandro and Alameda County Medical Center of the East Bay.
In 1992, as a Board Certified Internist, his love for teaching and medical education has earned him a position as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the U.C.S.F. Medical Center. Also in 1992, as the Co-Medical Director of the Arlington Medical Center, Dr. Watson became a key player in the Oakland community as a leader in managed care and positioned himself as a Founding Member of the Alta Bates Medical Associates. He developed medical groups, leading the way in managed care, and helped to organize a merger of prominent physicians resulting in a powerful African American Primary Care Group geared towards serving the needs of African Americans in the East Bay, including the development of preventive care two programs focused in the areas of hypertension, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, substance abuse and weight control. At a time when African-Americans are disproportionately underinsured and over diseased, Dr. Watson has become a significant voice in educating the community through the media.
In 1988, he became a host of the weekly call-in radio show program entitled Medical Update, which was the number 1 radio show in its time slot. From there, Dr. Watson had become the host of the Health Beat Television Show on Soulbeat Television Network in Oakland, California and has developed his own corporation known as Preventive Care Network Medical Services, Inc. which focuses on healing the community through positive preventive pathways within the media. The Bay Area community has recognized his devotion and he had served as the primary physician for the afternoon news on KRON-TV in San Francisco. Each week Dr. Watson provided medical advice and education to viewers for these and other popular television networks.
Dr. Watson has served as the Secretary for the Sinkler Miller Medical and the Golden State Medical Associations during 1994. In May 1997, he was inaugurated into office as President of the Golden State Medical Association and served through 1998. From 1996 through 1997 he has been honored with serving as the President of the Sinkler Miller Medical Association of the East Bay.
On March 1, 1997, Dr. Watson established a new medical facility, The James A. Watson Wellness Center, a legacy of his father, moving his practice to Pill Hill and continuing to provide high quality and sensitive care to patients by treating the physical, socioeconomic, spiritual and psychological ailments and employing medical and practical solutions with hopes of resulting in complete wellness. On March 1, 2005, after being presented with the greatest opportunity in connection with his services to the community, Dr. Watson went “Back to the Future” and purchased his father’s original facility in North Oakland, The Arlington Medical Center, where Drs. James and Geoffrey Watson first joined forces in providing quality medical services to all members of the Oakland Bay Area community, from the very prestige to the homeless, with the same care and concern no matter race, creed, religion or gender. In his father’s honor and in all humbleness, Dr. Geoffrey Watson continues this practice of following in his father’s footsteps.