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David Watters
Prof David Watters AM OBE FRCSEd FRACS
Director of Surgery

David Watters has been appointed to the role of Director of Surgery at SCV to lead the Perioperative Learning Health Network within the Centre of Clinical Excellence.

He is committed to improving perioperative care before, during and after surgery and working with all the disciplines involved across the whole patient journey. He was Chair of the inaugural Victorian Perioperative Consultative Council (2019-2022) and will continue to support the VPCC in his new role.

He is a Past President of RACS (2015-2016) who, since 2000, has been Professor of Surgery for Barwon Health at the University Hospital Geelong, initially with the University of Melbourne (2000-2010), and then Deakin University (2011-). He is a general surgeon with interests in general, colorectal and endocrine surgery and is actively engaged in advocating for global surgery, having spent almost 20 years in developing countries including Papua New Guinea (Professor of Surgery 1992-2000), Hong Kong (1991), Zambia (1985-90) and South Africa (1982-84).

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, a Life Member of the Medical Society of Papua New Guinea (2017) and Honorary Member of the Asian Surgical Association (2015).

His research interests include surgical audit and performance, surgical outcomes, perioperative mortality, surgical history and global health. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and he has published six books, four on clinical care 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).

In recognition of his contribution to surgery and surgical training in PNG, he was awarded the OBE (2012). Within the Order of Australia, he was awarded the AM for “significant service to Medicine and Medical Education and Leadership Roles with Professional Organisations” (2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours). Deakin University appointed him the title of Alfred Deakin Professor in August 2016. He is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow (Port Moresby 2000), on the Editorial Board for the World Journal of Surgery and a Senior Editor for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery.