About the Office

Hello, my name is Christopher O'Grady, and Pajaro Valley Medical Clinic is the name of my solo practice in Watsonville, which I opened in 2006. My primary training is in family practice, which involves the care of both children and adults.  I also have additional training in geriatrics, which focuses on conditions common in the elderly.  I see all my own patients, both in the office and the hospital, with coverage after hours provided by other solo family physicians in Watsonville.  From July 1st, 2014 through June 30, 2016, I will be Chief of Staff at Watsonville Community Hospital.  Because of the significant time committment associated with that position, I have had to close my practice to new patients, with the exception of HMO patients associated with PMG of Santa Cruz County.  I anticipate reopening the practice to new Medicare and PPO patients in July of 2016.

Training

Undergraduate   University of California, Riverside   Riverside, CA 1984
Medical School   University of Vermont   Burlington, VT 1990
Internship   U.S. Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton   Camp Pendleton, CA 1991
Flight Surgery   Naval Aerospace Medical Institute   Pensacola, FLA 1992
Residency   Fort Collins Family Medicine   Fort Collins, CO 1996
Fellowship   University of Hawaii Geriatrics   Honolulu, HI 2005

Hospital

I admit my own patients to Watsonville Hospital.  For patients who wish to be hospitalized at Dominican Hospital, I use the hospitalist physicians there.

After Hours

The office is open 8-12 and 1-5 Monday through Friday, except Wednesday afternoons when we are closed. I share call with the Watsonville Family Practice Call Group, which consists of myself, Dr. Joe Gallagher, Dr. Robert Weber, Dr. Clay McDaniel, Dr. Josefa Simkin, and Dr. Steven Smith. Each of us takes call approximately every sixth night or weekend. If you call after 5 pm or on weekends, you will be given the phone number of the doctor on call should you have an urgent problem that cannot wait until the next day of business. Of course if you have an emergency, you should proceed directly to the nearest emergency room or dial 911, as appropriate.

Insurance

A list of insurances with which we contract is available on this website. We ask every new patient to verify that we are a contracted provider by calling or checking online with their insurer before making a first appointment. We will stop taking Freedom Blue insurance in September 2011.

Copyright C. O'Grady, 2016