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Professor David Watters, AM, OBE, FRCSEd, FRACS

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.

David 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 has over 150 peer reviewed publications and 6 books including Stitches in Time - Two centuries of Surgery in Papua New Guinea (Xlibris, 2012) and the recently published Anzac Surgeons of Gallipoli (RACS 2015)

In recognition of significant service to Medicine and Medical Education and Leadership Roles with Professional Organisations awarded Queen’s Birthday Honours AM (2018) Awarded a Life Membership to the Medical Society of Papua New Guinea (2017) Deakin University appointed him the title of Alfred Deakin Professor (August 2016) Appointed Honorary Member of Asian Surgical Association (2015) 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).