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Professor David Watters is the Chair in Surgery based at the Geelong Hospital.
* HM301 Surgery Working Group Convenor
* Assessment and Curriculum development in Surgery
* Teaching General Surgery in wards, operating theaters and surgical outpatients in addition to surgical tutorials.
* Quality of Health Care, Surgical Audit, Surgical outcomes, Health IT systems, Performance Monitoring and Assessment, Surgical Education, International Health, Colorectal surgery, Endocrine surgery.
* Surgical History, particularly the History of Surgery in Papua New Guinea, including an 800 page book, Stitches in Time – Two centuries of surgery in Papua New Guinea (2011)
* B12 and dementia
Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International) 2000 for services to surgery in Papua New Guinea.
* Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1981)
* Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (1996)
* College of Surgeons of Hong Kong (1992)
* College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (formerly Association of Surgeons of East Africa – since 1982).
* Council Member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Chair of External Affairs, and the International Committee
* Project Director of the RACS-managed, AusAid-funded Pacific Islands Project
* Member of the Victorian State Ministerial Advisory Committee for Surgical Services
* Member of the Emergency Surgery and Endoscopy working groups under the MACSS
* Professor Watters is one of the principal authors of the RACS Guide to Surgical Audit and Peer Review (2002, 2005, 2008)
* Professor Watters is a leading figure in International Health, particularly with regard to surgery as practiced in the tropics. He has experience in Zambia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Islands and East Timor. He also acts as an external examiner to the Fiji School of Medicine, and regularly teaches and examines in PNG.
* He is one of the founding faculty of the Management of Surgical Emergencies Course (MOSES), designed to teach advanced trainees clinical decision making skills in emergency general surgery.
Professor Watters contributes as an invited speaker at many surgical conferences. Most recently he has spoken at the Medical Symposium of Papua New Guinea (September 2010). He regularly attends the Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Provincial Surgeons of Australia, General Surgeons of Australia and the Victorian State Meeting of the RACS.