The old expression, listen to your gut, rings true for new pediatric gastroenterologist, Kevin Watson, MD in more ways than one. Trained in Taekwondo, Dr. Watson knows when to listen to his gut and react or defend himself. As a physician, he listens to his patients talk about their gastrointestinal (also referred to as gut) conditions so he can diagnose and treat a problem. Dr. Watson helps patients and families understand and manage gastrointestinal tract issues like irritable bowel syndrome, hepatitis and gastroesophageal reflux, and offers support to fix or “kick” chronic conditions with diet, medicine and, in some cases, surgery.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
A: Somewhere steeped in history such as Rome or London, but I think lounging in a bungalow in Tahiti or Bora Bora would be excellent, as well!
Q: If you could be a character in a movie, which movie would it be and why?
A: Probably Nicholas Cage in National Treasure. I love the action adventure concept and, again, discovering historical artifacts and learning along the way is really exciting.
Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 items would you bring with you and why?
A: Beyond the obvious satellite or cell phone, I would bring 1) a knife because it is helpful in all types of situations 2) some form of fire starter and 3) a first aid kit. Since that’s technically 4 things, maybe I would just bring the cell phone to call for help rather than trying to survive on my own!
Q: When you curl up on the couch to watch a movie, are you most likely to have a bowl of popcorn, chocolate or box of tissues?
A: Probably chocolate. I definitely have a sweet tooth and popcorn gets stuck in my teeth.
Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
A: I usually check my phone to see if I missed any messages overnight and scan my email for anything important I need to know early in the morning.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Virginia Beach, VA. My parents were originally from Philadelphia but moved to Virginia secondary to my dad being in the Navy. I lived there for most of my life until I moved to Ohio 3.5 years ago to further my medical training.
Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: My favorite movie is the Goonies. I think I like it so much because it has action, adventure and pirates! It’s all about kids solving their own problems and the adults’ problems, too. It’s just a really fun movie to watch!
Q: What’s your favorite food? Who makes it best?
A: My mom’s beefaroni. It’s nothing fancy, but no one makes it like she does. I don’t even have to ask for it anymore when I go back home. She always makes it for me now.
Q: What was your first paying job?
A: Selling newspaper subscriptions door-to-door. I was about 15 and I was horrible at it. We got paid depending on how many subscriptions we sold. I think my first paycheck was $14.
Q: Do you have any hidden talents or something people may not know about you?
A: I’m a junior black belt in Taekwondo. I haven’t practiced in years, but would love to get back into it.