Andrew Watson, MD

Chief Medical Digital Health Officer, UPMC Health Plan

Dr. Andrew Watson is a fourth-generation surgeon and the eighth surgeon in his family.  He earned his Master’s degree at the University of Oxford and attended medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He did his surgical training and fellowship at UPMC.  He is an actively practicing colorectal surgeon specializing in minimally invasive inflammatory bowel diseases and complex re-operative abdominal surgery.   He is a Professor of Surgery and works within the division of colorectal surgery.  He is widely published and recognized as a telemedicine expert.

He spends the majority of his time working for corporate UPMC.  He is the senior medical director for digital health at the UPMC Health Plan, focusing on digital health and strategy for Health Plan members.  He is a senior medical advisor for UPMC Enterprises focusing on digital health innovation and investment opportunities.  He is also a senior medical advisor for UPMC International and focuses on telemedicine and access.

He actively uses and helps to develop telemedicine at UPMC and has personally conducted over 850 telemedicine visits for pre- and post- surgical patients.  He past-President of the American Telemedicine Association.  He is an advisor to the American Board of Telehealth.  Follow him on X/Twitter @arwMD.