26 February 2015
Professor David Watters elected as 45th President of the Royal
Australasian College of Surgeons
Thursday 26 February 2015
Professor David Watters, Professor of Surgery at Deakin
University and Director of Surgery at University Hospital Geelong,
and a General Surgeon with special interests in endocrine,
emergency and colorectal surgery, has been elected the next
President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Professor Watters replaces retiring Professor Michael Grigg and
will become President of the College on 7 May at the College's
Annual General Meeting, being held this year in Perth, as part of
the College's 83rd Annual Scientific Congress.
Professor Watters, the College's Vice President since May 2014
and a Councillor since 2007, was elected President by a vote of the
College Council in Melbourne this afternoon.
His previous appointments include ten years as Professor of
Surgery at the University of Melbourne, based in Geelong, eight
years as Professor of Surgery at the University of Papua New Guinea
in Port Moresby, a sabbatical year at the Chinese University of
Hong Kong in 1991, six years as Senior Lecturer at the University
of Zambia and senior registrar at the King Edward VIII and McCord
Zulu hospitals in Durban, South Africa.
He is an accomplished author and his publication record includes
over 100 peer reviewed articles and book chapters covering a wide
range of subjects including surgical training, surgical audit,
outcomes and performance, trauma, peritonitis, critical care,
gastrointestinal disorders, colorectal surgery, tropical diseases
and HIV infection.
Professor Watters today acknowledged the work of his
predecessor, Professor Michael Grigg, and has undertaken to
continue his strong advocacy efforts around important issues such
as alcohol-related harm, tobacco, professionalism and excessive
"Michael has worked tirelessly to position the College
strategically in the federal health arena and has worked closely
with its Fellows in Australia and New Zealand," Professor Watters
"Externally, the biggest challenge facing surgeons and surgery
in Australia and New Zealand is the ongoing reform and
sustainability of the health system. This has involved strong
College advocacy to inform governments on both sides of the Tasman
on health policy.
The College is determined to work closely with all governments
to get this reform process right and ensure that it leads to a
sustainable and safe health sector.
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