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James Watson, PhD

James Watson, PhD
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Department Center for Bioethics
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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About James Watson, PhD

Jamie Watson, PhD, HEC-C is a clinical ethicist and philosopher whose primary research interests are in expertise studies (especially clinical ethics expertise), health literacy, and moral distress. Dr. Watson has extensive experience as a clinical ethics consultant in both adult and pediatric settings, teaching health care staff and students, and working as a plain language writer for health information. In addition to a number of articles on expertise and the profession of clinical ethics, he is the author of A History and Philosophy of Expertise (Bloomsbury 2021), Expertise: A Philosophical Introduction (Bloomsbury 2020), and Winning Votes by Abusing Reason: Responsible Belief and Political Rhetoric (Lexington 2017). He is co-author of Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well, 3rd Ed. (with Robert Arp and Skyler King, Bloomsbury forthcoming), The Critical Thinking Toolkit (with Peter Fosl and Galen Foresman, Wiley-Blackwell 2016), What’s Good on TV? Understanding Ethics Through Television (with Robert Arp, Wiley-Blackwell 2011), and Philosophy Demystified (with Robert Arp, McGraw-Hill 2011). He is also co-editor of Moral Expertise: New Essays from Theoretical and Clinical Bioethics (with Laura Guidry-Grimes, Springer 2018). Dr. Watson joins the Center for Bioethics at Cleveland Clinic as Associate Staff Clinical Ethicist.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

Graduate School - The University of Montana
Missoula, MT

Undergraduate - Lee University
Cleveland, TN

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/10/2023, Dr. Watson has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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