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Robert G Watkins III MD

Robert Watkins III, MD is a board certified orthopedic spine surgeon, co-director of the Marina Spine Clinic and Chairman of the Surgery Department at Marina Del Rey Hospital. His expertise ranges from innovative spine surgeries to treatment of sports related injuries. In fact, his practice includes the successful treatment of professional athletes from all over the country, as well as adolescent sports heroes and recreational athletes.

Dr. Watkins earned his medical degree at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the L.A. County/USC General Hospital. He then worked as a traveling fellow in Europe, specializing in artificial-disc replacement and scoliosis surgery.

Over the past decade, he has lectured on spine issues to doctors, patient groups, athletic trainers, and physical therapists; led research teams that have published studies; and taught surgeons on specialized techniques.

Dr. Watkins is a founding member of the North American Spine Society, a prolific author of books and articles on spine surgery and a world-renowned surgeon. He is the spine consultant to many Los Angeles sports teams, and has treated professional, college, and high school athletes from all over the country.


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