Gordon Watson Lectures

Mr. Gordon Watson
Founder of the Waterford Surgical October Meeting

Mr. Gordon Watson is a native of Waterford.  He comes from a family of Medical Practitioners; his father was a Dental Surgeon who practised in Waterford for about forty years. Mr. Watson went to school in Bishop Foy School in Waterford. The family tradition of medicine has continued, as his two children Bill and Penny have both forged careers in the area; Bill is a Professor in the Science Department of UCD working on prostate cancer, and Penny and her husband are both GPs in Tramore, Co. Waterford.

He qualified from TCD in 1967 with a degree in Medicine (MB, BCh, BAO). During his Higher Surgical Training in Ireland he obtained his clinical and research experience at Cape Town University and achieved ChM. Subsequently he gained further clinical experience in the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. 

Returning to Ireland, he was appointed as a Consultant General Surgeon to Waterford City Infirmary and Ardkeen Hospital which later merged into Waterford Regional Hospitalholding that position until his retirement in 2007. He was very supportive of and took a keen interest in the training of young academic surgeons. During that time, he was a member of the Court of Examiners, RCSI and a Council Member for 19 years. He served as Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committees. He has served on several boards and training committees, including President of the Surgical Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and Master of the County and City Infirmary Trust. The South East Radiotherapy Trust (SERT) was established in 2005 by Mr. Watson.  SERT’s mission is to provide transport for cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy.  He is the Author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications. 

Mr. Watson was awarded the Waterford Excellence Award in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to medical services and medical charities in the South East.

Mr. Watson founded the Waterford Surgical October Meeting in 1990 which has gradually grown and developed and become a significant component of the National Postgraduate Surgical Training Calendar. 

With his wife, Hazel, Mr. Watson still resides in Co. Waterford and is a keen horseman.

The “Gordon Watson Lecture” is the highlight of the Meeting and is given in recognition of the founder of this meeting. 

Previous Gordon Watson Lecturers include:


Professor Des O’Neill, Professor in Medical Gerontology, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin


Ms. Fiona MacNeill, The London Breast Clinic, Harley Street, London


Mr. Iain Anderson, President of ASGBI, Consultant Surgeon, Salford, UK


Prof. Jim O’Connor, Chief of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery & Intensive Care, Shock   Trauma Centre, Baltimore, USA  


Dr. Johannes Jeekel, Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam 


Dr. Michael D’Angelica, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York


Dr. Bill Schwab, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


Dr. Monica Morrow, Cornell University, New York


Dr. Edward Kiely, Hospital For Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London


Dr. James Ryan, University College, London


Dr. Tom Lindsay, University of Toronto


Professor Nicholas Demartines, University Hospital, CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland.