Professor Watson is Professor and Head of Surgery at Flinders University, and an Esophago-Gastric Surgeon at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide. His interests include gastroesophageal reflux, and esophageal and gastric cancer. He leads clinical and laboratory research addressing benign and malignant esophageal disease, integrating laboratory, clinical and population research streams.
Professor Watson has published 400 papers and book chapters, led the development of Australian national guidelines for the management of esophageal and gastric cancer, and contributed to national guidelines for the management of Barrett’s esophagus.
Professor Watson led the establishment of the Australia and New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Surgery Association (ANZGOSA) as its foundation President. He currently serves as Vice-President of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE), is a member of Council for the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS), and Board member for Cancer Council SA.
He has been a recipient of significant research awards, including the John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, a James IV Travelling Fellowship, Fellowship ad hominem 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.