Rhonda Watkins, MD, MPH

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address744 52nd Street, #1417
Oakland CA
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    Boston Children’s Hospital, BostonSports Medicine Fellowship2019
    University of California San Francisco Fresno, Fresno, CAPediatric Residency2019
    St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West IndiesDoctor of Medicine degree2016
    Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UKDiploma of Higher Education Medical Sciences2013
    University of California Los Angeles, Los AngelesMaster of Public Health2012
    University of California Los Angeles, Los AngelesBachelor of Science in Psychobiology2009

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    Dr. Rhonda Watkins is a board-certified pediatrician with fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine she treats children and young adults with a wide spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions. Her areas of interest include sports medicine, injury prevention, fractures, bone health, and running injuries.

    Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Watkins received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from the University of California Los Angeles, where she also completed her Master’s degree in Public Health. She subsequently earned a Diploma of Higher Education in Medical Sciences at Northumbria University, and later earned her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She then completed her pediatric residency training through University of California San Francisco Fresno. Most recently, Dr. Watkins completed fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine through Harvard Medical School at Boston Children’s Hospital.

    During her fellowship in Boston, Dr. Watkins served as team physician for Northeastern University; team physician for Middlesex High School; and consulting physician for Boston Ballet School. Additionally, she provided medical coverage for several local events, including the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, the Boston Ballet Nutcracker, the BAA Half Marathon and the Emmanuel College pre-participation physicals.

    As an athlete, Dr. Watkins had an extraordinary career in track and field. She was long jumper and high jumper on the UCLA Track and Field team, for which she was also NCAA Champion and several time All-American. Dr. Watkins was also a member of the Trinidad and Tobago National Athletic Team, for which she competed in multiple international track and field meets during this time, including the 2008 Olympics. She holds her team’s National Record Holder for Long Jump.

    At UCSF, Dr. Watkins is primarily based at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland as well as the UCSF Pediatric Clinic in Walnut Creek. She delights in helping local athletes in their quest to return to sport after injury. She has also has particular interests in advancing pediatric MSK education, running injuries and youth injury prevention. She currently serves as team physician for Burton high school and provides event coverage for several local sporting events.

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    1. Primary Care Considerations for the Pediatric Endurance Athlete. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2024 Mar; 17(3):76-82. Watkins RA, Guillen RV. PMID: 38286940; PMCID: PMC10847077.
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    2. Common Ultrasound Applications for Pediatric Musculoskeletal Conditions. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2022 Aug 06. de Borja C, Watkins R, Woolridge T. PMID: 35932426.
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    3. Common Upper Extremity Injuries in Pediatric Athletes. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2022 Aug 01. Watkins RA, De Borja C, Ramirez F. PMID: 35913666.
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    4. Optimizing Health and Athletic Performance for Women. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2022 Feb; 15(1):10-20. de Borja C, Chang CJ, Watkins R, Senter C. PMID: 35023069; PMCID: PMC8804053.
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    5. Effect of media on the mental health of elite athletes. Br J Sports Med. 2022 Feb; 56(3):123-124. Faustin M, Burton M, Callender S, Watkins R, Chang C. PMID: 34996750.
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    6. Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship opportunities for Pediatrics-trained physicians in the United States. Phys Sportsmed. 2021 Oct 28; 1-9. Ramirez FD, Chang CJ, Watkins RA, Senter C, de Borja C. PMID: 34674595.
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    7. Association of Social Media Use on Sleep Quality and Performance Among Collegiate Athletes. Clin J Sport Med. 2022 09 01; 32(5):486-492. Watkins RA, Sugimoto D, Hunt D, Oldham J, Cacolice PA, Stracciolini A. PMID: 34407063.
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