Senior Surgeons Section Visitor

Professor David Watters


David Watters is a Past President of RACS (May 2015-May 2016) who since 2000 has been Professor of Surgery for Barwon Health in Geelong, initially with Melbourne (2000-2010), and then Deakin University (2011-). He is a general surgeon with interests in general, colorectal and endocrine surgery. He is actively engaged in advocating for global surgery, having spent almost 20 years in developing countries including Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Zambia and South Africa. He is an Edinburgh University graduate, and in addition to the FRACS, a fellow of the Edinburgh, Hong Kong, and East Central and Southern Africa Colleges of Surgeons. His research interests include history of surgery, surgical audit and performance, colorectal outcomes, perioperative mortality and global health. He was an author of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and has over 150 peer reviewed
publications and 6 books; four on clinical topics in low-middle income countries and two on surgical history – Stitches in Time – Two centuries of Surgery in Papua New Guinea (Xlibris, 2012) and Anzac Surgeons of Gallipoli (RACS, 2015). Deakin University appointed him the title of Alfred Deakin Professor (August 2016) and he was awarded Life
Membership of the Medical Society of Papua New Guinea in September 2017. He is an honorary Member of Asian Surgical Association (2015) and in recognition of his contribution to surgery and surgical training in PNG he was awarded the OBE (Queen’s Birthday 2012), and Membership of the Order of Australia (AM, Queen’s Birthday 2018) for his contribution to endocrine and colorectal surgery and professional organisations. In PNG, he was awarded Rotary’s highest honour – a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2000 for his contribution to Rotary’s Overseas Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC). In September 2017, he gave the Guthrie Lecture to the British Society of the History of Medicine, on “Daring to Dream of Equal Opportunity in Medicine” which covered the history of the struggle for women to train as doctors and specialists and to be treated with equity in the medical profession.