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Research Biography

Professor Watson was appointed to the position of Head of the University Department of Surgery at Flinders Medical Centre in 2002. He has clinical interests in the areas of surgery for benign and malignant oesophageal disease, upper gastrointestinal surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery and interventional endoscopy. He has been active in the development of laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery in Australia, pioneering the development and evaluation of laparoscopic surgery for gastro-oesophageal reflux, oesophageal motility disorders, and oesophageal cancer. He has linked this activity to the evaluation and refinement of techniques within prospective randomised clinical trials. He has authored more than 450 refereed research papers and book chapters. Since 1997 he has also received 20 major research grants from NHMRC, MRFF and NIH, as well as major grant support from other funding bodies. In 2015 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS), and appointed a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor at Flinders University. He recieved honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2018.

Research Interests

Randomised controlled trials assessing surgery for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease

Oesophageal Cancer and Barrett's oesophagus

Ablation of Barrett's oesophagus

Outcome studies

Molecular biology of gastro-oesophageal reflux, Barrett's oesophagus and oesophageal carcinoma

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Cancer Surgery (2)
  • Breast Surgery (1)
  • Oesophageal disease (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Oesophageal disease (5)
  • Cancer (1)


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Clinical

Supervisory Interests

  • Oesophageal and gastric cancer, clinical trials
  • Randomised clinical trial
  • Barretts oesophagus
  • Gastric and oesophageal cancer
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux
  • Oesophagus


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