Augusta’s oldest physician is in University Hospital’s intensive care unit after an apparent fall, the hospital said Monday.
Dr. W.G. “Curly” Watson, 102, has made “a little bit of improvement” since his admission, University spokeswoman Rebecca Sylvester said.
Watson has practiced at University for more than 60 years, and he is estimated to have delivered 15,000 babies there over about 50 years.
In a career that included decades of teaching medical students and residents at his alma mater, the Medical College of Georgia, Watson routinely tried to avoid honors and banquets. He allowed University to name its Women’s Center after him and allowed the hospital to throw him a 100th birthday party, which was crowded with people he had delivered and their families. Last year, MCG gave him its Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award.
Last year, he quit scheduling patient appointments to slow down a little, but he still comes into the office and the hospital to see patients and consult.
He is the oldest living graduate of The Citadel, where he graduated in 1931.