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Dr. Michael Watto joined Speare Memorial Hospital in September 2015. As a family physician, he provides primary and acute care to a panel of patients at Speare Primary Care as well as students at Plymouth State University through the campus health clinic. In addition, he provides acute musculoskeletal care at Crane Clinic at Waterville Valley Resort.
Dr. Watto came to Speare from the US Army where he served for more than 20 years; he worked in multiple practice settings providing primary and urgent care, occupational, and travel medicine to Soldiers, retirees and family members. As the senior flight surgeon, he supervised the flight medicine program at Fort Huachuca, Arizona ensuring the health of pilots, flight crew and operators of unmanned aerial systems in addition to providing aeromedical certification. Prior to his assignment to Fort Huachuca, he was the medical director for the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, Alaska. In this role, he supervised all medical operations, including medical training, evacuation, primary and acute care, pre and post-deployment care as well as emergency care during a combat deployment to Iraq, for more than 4,000 US Army paratroopers. He has also served as a physician for the All Army Boxing Camp and Championships.
A graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, Dr. Watto earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine having completed his residency in family medicine at Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia. He also earned a master’s degree in public health at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.