Position: Director

Professor Jon Watson is Head of the School of Medicine at Deakin University, and a Board Director at Kardinia Health.

Prof Watson was educated in the UK, and then attended Cambridge University for his undergraduate degree in medicine, and Oxford University for his clinical studies. After House Jobs in Oxford and Bath, he went to London for a year (Hammersmith and Queen Square Hospitals), before moving to Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England for his specialist training in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and General Medicine. Whilst working in Newcastle upon Tyne he was awarded a PhD for studies into liver disease.

He migrated to Australia in 1997 with his family. Since then, he has worked in Ballarat, Stawell, Newcastle NSW, and now Geelong. He also has clinical appointments at University Hospital Geelong, Geelong Private Hospital, St John of God Hospital (Geelong and Ballarat), the Ballarat Day Procedure Centre, and Stawell Hospital.

Prof Watson has maintained an active research interest in Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) related liver disease having published on HCV in peer reviewed journals, and presented on HCV at national and international meetings for the last 20 years, and has been Meeting Organiser (twice) for the Australian Gastroenterology Society’s annual meeting. He is also a member of the National Examining Panel of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Prof Watson is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He is fully accredited in Endoscopy (Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy, ERCP and Capsule Endoscopy) and has Specialist Recognition by the Australian Medical Board to practice in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and General Medicine.