Professor Watson is Professor and Head of Surgery at Flinders University, and an Oesophagogastric Surgeon at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide. His interests include gastro-oesophageal reflux, and oesophagogastric cancer. He leads research addressing benign and malignant esophageal disease, integrating laboratory, clinical and population research streams. He has published more than 450 papers and book chapters.

Professor Watson led the establishment of the Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Surgery Association (AANZGOSA) as its foundation President from 2006-10. He has served on Council for the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS). He is the immediate Past-President for the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE). In 2018 he was appointed Clinical Director for the Clinical Trials Network Australia and New Zealand (CTANZ), an initiative of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to enhance surgical research capacity.

Professor Watson has been a recipient of the John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship from the RACS, a James IV Travelling Fellowship, Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, election to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and appointment to a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professorship at Flinders University.

Positions Held

  • Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Surgery, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University
  • Senior Consultant Surgeon, Oesophago-Gastric Surgery Unit, Flinders Medical Centre
  • Clinical Director, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Clinical Trials Network of Australia and New Zealand (CTANZ)

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