Dr. J. Michael Watt, MD

J. Michael Watt, MD

Letter from Dr. J Michael Watt

Dear Community,

I have retired from my orthopedic practice after 20+ years serving the Seattle community. It is certainly with mixed emotions that I have done so. I have loved being a physician and an orthopedic surgeon and have looked upon my career as a very special gift. I have enjoyed being a part of your lives, whether simply giving advice or being involved in your care. I have always approached my practice as a partnership with my patients, trying to help each patient and implement the best treatment plan for him or her, whether it was surgical or non-surgical. It is my sincerest hope that you have felt my compassion and empathy, while also receiving the best possible care from me and the entire team at Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle – OSS.

I am comfortable leaving my career as an orthopedic surgeon, knowing that Seattle has many wonderful surgeons available to you. Moreover, I believe that the orthopedic surgeons with OSS are some of the very best in Seattle and I would highly recommend seeing one of my fellow colleagues for any condition. OSS has excellent shoulder, hip, knee, foot & ankle, and hand & elbow specialists. The practice would be happy to assist making an appointment with one of our physicians, and they will have access to all of your records and x-rays. If you choose to see someone outside of our practice, OSS would be happy to provide all of your records as needed.

Again, it has been my pleasure to have been one of your physicians and I wish you the very best.


J Michael Watt, MD

J. Michael Watt, MD

Dr. Watt is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who works with patients dealing with a wide range of orthopedic issues. A practicing surgeon for over 20 years, Dr. Watt specializes in sports injuries, knee and shoulder surgery, as well as anterior hip replacements.

Always taking into consideration the specific medical situation as well as the particular patient involved, Dr. Watt carefully weighs conservative and aggressive methods of treatment to devise a plan tailored to the specific needs of the individual. This personalized approach creates excellent outcomes, with patients working as close partners in the treatment process. Dr. Watt has been recognized in Seattle Magazine’s Top Doctors list, as well as the prestigious national Best Doctors list.

Dr. Watt received his medical degree from Stanford Medical School, where he also completed his residency.

In college, Dr. Watt played varsity volleyball for Stanford. Today, he enjoys kayaking, fly fishing, and skiing.

Seattle Met Award
Seattle Met 2017 Top Doctor

Philosophy of Care

I believe in meeting patients’ individual needs through comprehensive evaluation and treatment designed to help them achieve an active, pain-free lifestyle. Many musculoskeletal conditions can be treated by non-surgical techniques–surgery is just one treatment option. I combine leading edge techniques with proven traditional methods to provide patients with the best orthopaedic care possible.

I work to develop a partnership with my patients. On my part, this begins with listening. And one of the most important things I need to know is how the physical problem affects this patient’s life. We develop a dialogue, through which my patients understand the diagnostic process, their own unique problem, their treatment choices, and the recovery process. Patients help to guide and direct the diagnostic and treatment activities.

I believe that knowledgeable patients make the best decisions about their own treatment. That’s why I explain every step of the diagnostic process. Next, I want my patients to understand their condition: How it developed and how various treatment approaches can improve or repair the problem. When we consider treatment alternatives, I present a realistic outlook on the results we can achieve. I’ll also be frank about any risks that might be involved. If a non-surgical option is available, I’ll explain that avenue in depth.

My purpose is to handle each and every patient visit with care and proficiency. It is also highly important to me that our Doctor/Patient relationship is open and honest. It is my responsibility to make sure patients are well informed about their conditions and the multiple choices of treatment. My professional staff and I will also provide you with patient education materials, (e.g., web sites, pamphlets, and video tapes) that give you added appreciation of your condition and treatment options.

— J. Michael Watt, MD


Sports Medicine
OSS has many experts, including Dr. J. Michael Watt who work with athletes in all aspects of orthopedic sports medicine. Sports Medicine often involves fixing common sports injuries such as dislocations and torn ligaments.

Hip Surgery
Dr. J. Michael Watt performs anterior approach hip replacement surgery, a less invasive approach that can reduce the pain and recovery time of a total hip replacement. Read more about Anterior Hip Replacement.

Knee Surgery
Knee surgery, primarily Arthroscopic Knee Surgery is performed often at OSS and by Dr. J. Michael Watt. Problems of the knee can include knee arthritis, torn ligaments, and partial or total knee replacement.

Shoulder Surgery
The shoulder is a commonly injured joint that often requires surgery, especially Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery. The shoulder can have injuries including a torn rotator cuff or damaged ligaments.