Kathleen Watson, MD

Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Kathleen Watson

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Division of General Internal Medicine
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 741
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, Medical School


Medcal School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Internal Medicine Residency, University of Minnesota

Hematology Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

BA in Biology, Carleton College, Northfield, MN


A graduate of Carleton College, Dr. Watson obtained her MD from the University of Minnesota Medical School where she continued training as an Internal Medicine resident and chief resident, MD, and began a lifelong fascination with how physicians learn and grow. She completed a fellowship in Hematology and joined the faculty in General Medicine in 1985. She has been a practicing General Internal Medicine physician with an exclusively outpatient practice and a special interest in care of complex patients. She is currently the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Minnesota Medical School. A student of jazz, opera, banjo, and classical music, she still tortures others with her flute on occasion.

Awards & Recognition

  • Academy for excellence in the scholarship of teaching and learning, University of Minnesota Academic Health Center
  • Board certification in Internal Medicine and Hematology
  • Outstanding Medical School Teacher Award. Minnesota Medical Foundation (May 1996)
  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, University of Minnesota Department of Medicine (December 1999)
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Twin Cites “Top Doctor” in Internal Medicine: Mpls/St. Paul Magazine (2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996)
  • All-University Distinguished Teaching Award (2001)
  • Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” award (2003)
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation Tow Humanism Award (2004)

Professional Associations

  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • American Association of Medical Colleges



  • Hafferty, FW and Watson, KV. "The Rise of Learning Communities in Medical Education: A Socio-Structural Analysis." Journal of Cancer Education. 21(4):6-9, 2007
  • Watson KV, Harris IB, Patow C, Breitenbucher J, and Howe RB. SYMPAL (SYstems-based Medical Practice And Learning): A Pilot Project. ACGME Bulletin November 2004, 3-5.
  • Roth C, Harris IB, Watson KV. A communication assessment and skill-building exercise (CASE) for first-year residents. Academic Medicine (2002) 77: 746-747.
  • Rosenberg M, Watson K, Paul J, Miller W, Harris I and Valdivia T. Web-based evaluation in a residency program. Academic Medicine (2001) 76: 92-95.



Primary Care Center

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Hematology

Clinical Interests

Blood Disorders; Women's Health; Internal Medicine