Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine


From his thirty years of experience in the practice of internal medicine and gastroenterology, Dr. David Watts has designed an ideal arrangement of services and health care access that insures intelligent, compassionate and up-to-date medical care along with a strong emphasis on prevention. In recognition of excellence in clinical medicine he has been selected as one of the top 5% of American physicians by three separate organizations.

Clinical Professor of medicine, UCSF

10 awards for best american doctor. Chosen by various organizations

Best Doctors, chosen by peers

Patient’s Choice Award

Patient’s Choice Award and Most Compassionate Doctor Recognition, chosen by patients

America's Top Physicians

America’s Top Physicians, chosen by committee


In clinical trials shown to find 17-32% more polyps than standard colonoscopy

In 2001 entrepreneurs from silicone valley approached dr. watts asking for ideas to develop in the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy. Dr. watts provided three suggestions off the top of his head. the entrepreneurs went out and built a medical instrument company called avantis and developed the first of his three ideas, the third eye retroscope.

This device, which produces a rear-view image to assist the gastroenterologist in investigating all surfaces of the colon, has been shown to improve the polyp finding ability of standard colonoscopy by 17-32%, meaning that more potentially dangerous polyps are found at screening procedures and more lives will ultimately be saved by the addition of this device in standard practice. this tool is currently being used in selective centers across the usa and europe. Dr. watts is the first practitioner to offer this service in San Francisco.


David Watts grew up in Texas, attended Baylor College of Medicine and moved to California when UCSF offered him a faculty position in Gastroenterology. In addition to highly respected physician he is a classically trained musician, an NPR commentator, author of two collections of short stories and a poet with seven books to his credit. He has just released his newest book, The Lucifer Connection, a San Francisco mystery novel.

He has recorded two CD’s of word jazz, written under a pseudonym as an avant guard poet and has had several of his poems either set to music or collaborated upon with a work of art. He is a lecturer in Medical Schools on the subject of the Compassionate Physician.

‘The Brain informs but the heart makes decisions.’

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