Professor David Watters

Professor David Watters, OBE, FRCSEd, FRACS

David Watters was Professor of Surgery in PNG from February 1992 to February 2000. He found those years some of the most stimulating and rewarding of his career. He wrote Stitches in Time – a history of two centuries of surgery in PNG – which was published in 2012 and has endeavoured to support surgical training in PNG through teaching and examining since he left.

He was a co-editor with John Niblett of the 3rd Edition of Guidelines for the Management of Cancer in Papua New Guinea (2007). In 2000, when he moved to Geelong, he was appointed Professor of Surgery first with the University of Melbourne (2000-2010) and then with Deakin University (since 2011).

David is a Past President of RACS (2015- 2016) and was a Council Member from 2007-2016. Clinically he is a general surgeon with interests in general, colorectal and endocrine surgery. He is actively engaged in advocating for global surgery, and previously worked in Hong Kong, Zambia and South Africa. He is an Edinburgh University graduate, but in addition to the FRACS, holds fellowships of the Edinburgh and Hong Kong Colleges as well as the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

His research interests include global surgery, surgical audit and performance, colorectal outcomes, perioperative mortality and surgical history. He has over 150 peer reviewed publications. His books include Care of the Critically ill in the Tropics, Gastroenterology in the Tropics, Neurosurgery in the Tropic, and Anzac Surgeons of Gallipoli (RACS 2015).  Deakin University awarded him the title of Alfred Deakin Professor (August 2016). In recognition of his contribution to surgery and surgical training in PNG he was awarded the OBE (2012), and Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship (2000) for his support to ROMAC.

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