Prof Watters is the immediate Past President of RACS who since 2000 has been Professor of Surgery for Barwon Health in Geelong, initially with Melbourne (2000-2010), and then Deakin University (since 2011).
He is a general surgeon with interests in general, colorectal and endocrine surgery. Prof Watters is actively engaged in advocating for global surgery, having spent almost 20 years in developing countries including Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Zambia and South Africa.
Prof Watters is an Edinburgh University graduate, and in addition to the FRACS, a fellow of the Edinburgh, Hong Kong, and East Central and Southern Africa Colleges of Surgeons. In recognition of his contribution to surgery and surgical training in PNG he was awarded the OBE (2012), and Rotary's Paul Harris Fellowship (2000).