About James P. Watt, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. James Watt was appointed Chief of the Division of Communicable Disease Control (DCDC) in October 2010.
In his previous eight years at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Dr. Watt completed a residency in preventive medicine and served as a Public Health Medical Officer at the Immunization Branch before becoming the Chief of the Tuberculosis Control Branch in 2008. Prior to joining CDPH, Dr. Watt was a full-time faculty member at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, where his research focused on the epidemiology and prevention of bacterial respiratory diseases in Native American and developing country settings.
Dr. Watt is an alumnus of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in which he served as a medical officer for two years in the Respiratory Diseases Branch. He remains an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins and serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Watt has participated in various advisory panels and grant activities and has authored more than 30 publications.
Dr. Watt attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego and holds a Masters in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California, Berkeley. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from Stanford University.