David Watson, MBBS, MD, PhD, FRACS, FAHMS

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Surgery, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Department of Surgery, Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Park, South Australia, Australia

Professor David Watson is Head of Surgery at Flinders University and an Oesophageal and Gastric Surgeon at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, South Australia. His clinical and research interests include gastro-oesophageal reflux, and oesophageal and gastric cancer. He has led randomised clinical trials designed to improve clinical practice in these areas, and he also leads molecular biology and population health research groups at Flinders University which work to improve early detection and prevention of gastrointestinal cancer. Professor Watson has published more than 360 research papers and textbook chapters.

Professor Watson is a Senior Editor of the ANZ Journal of Surgery, and a member of the Editorial Boards for the British Journal of Surgery, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, and World Journal of Surgery and other international journals.

In 2006, Professor Watson led the establishment of the Australia and New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Surgery Association, and he served as the foundation President until 2010. He currently serves as Secretary for the Executive Committee of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus, and is a Member of Council for the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

In 2015 he was elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and was appointed to a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professorship at Flinders University.