James F. Watt, D.O.

James F. Watt, D.O.
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Fellowship-Trained and Board-Certified Hand, Wrist, Elbow, and Shoulder Surgeon

Fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James F. Watt specializes in hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder surgery and is also a sports medicine, arthroscopy, and general orthopaedics expert. He joined Orthopaedic Associates in September 2012.

Dr. Watt received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. He then completed an orthopaedic surgery internship and residency at Ohio University in Columbus, Ohio.

Highly skilled in advanced treatments for the upper extremity, Dr. Watt specializes in both surgical and nonsurgical advanced treatment techniques.

Among other treatment approaches, Dr. Watt specializes in performing:

  • Mini-open carpal tunnel release
  • Large and small joint replacement of the upper extremity
  • Shoulder, elbow, and wrist arthroscopy
  • Tendon transfers, repairs, and reconstruction surgeries, fractures of the upper extremity
  • Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty
  • XIAFLEX and steroid injections
  • Splinting
  • Ultrasounds

Dr. Watt diagnoses and treats a wide array of hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries and conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • AC (acromioclavicular) joint arthritis
  • Basal joint osteoarthritis
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Dislocations of the shoulder, elbow, and hand
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Elbow pain
  • Elbow trauma
  • Fractures of the hand, fingers, shoulder blade
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Hand pain
  • Hand trauma
  • Hyperextension of the elbow
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • SLAP tears
  • Rheumatoid arthritis of the hand
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder pain
  • Shoulder trauma
  • Sprains and strains of the upper extremity
  • Throwing injuries
  • Trauma to the hand
  • Wrist pain
  • Wrist trauma

When Dr. Watt is not seeing patients, he enjoys running, cycling, spending time on the water, and spending time with his wife and daughter. He also enjoys serving as team doctor for South Walton High School.

Dr. Watt is available to see patients at our locations in Fort Walton Beach and Niceville.


University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology/Biomedical, 2002
Des Moines University - Des Moines, IA
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, 2006

Surgical Training:

Internship, Orthopedic Surgery
Ohio University, Columbus, OH, 2006
Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, 2007 – 2011
Ohio University, Columbus, OH
Fellowship, Hand and Upper Extremity
Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Tampa, FL 2011 - 2012

Orthopaedic Associates
1034 Mar Walt Drive
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Main Phone: 850-863-2153

Orthopaedic Associates
554-D Twin Cities Boulevard
Niceville, FL 32578

Main Phone: 850-678-2249

Arthritis and Joint Replacement Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, Deformity Correction, Osteoporosis, Sports Medicine, Trauma/Fractures, Tendon Transfers, TENEX (Minimally Invasive Tendon Treatment), Congenital Deformity and Pediatric Orthopaedics.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
American Association for Hand Surgery
American Osteopathic Association of Orthopedics
American Osteopathic Association
Florida Medical Association
Florida Orthopedic Society
Emerald Coast Health Alliance
Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and Niceville Chamber of Commerce
American Society for Surgery of the Hand

“Dr. Watt was well mannered and respectful something which is not found in many doctors that I have seen.”
– Carlton D.
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