Name and Position

Professor Alastair Watson MD; FRCP (Lond) DipABRSM
Gastroenterology & General Medicine

Contact Details

Main Telephone Number:01603 641195 and 01603 288864


Department page: Gastroenterology

Secretary: Sara Stickland, Megan Little and Chloe Leggett

GMC Number: 2655457

Professor Watson studied medicine at the Universities of Cambridge (Corpus Christi College) and London (St Thomas’ Hospital) and qualified in 1980 and after junior posts in London, Edinburgh and Stoke on Trent Professor Watson  became medical registrar in the King’s Liver Unit with Roger Williams.

Career history:

  • 1985 – became a research fellow with Michael Farthing in St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.
  • 1989 – obtained a Medical Doctorate on the absorption of short chain fatty acids.
  • 1988-90 – became a post-doctoral fellow with Mark Donowitz at Johns Hopkins Medical School
  • 1990  – won a Senior Research Fellow Award from the American Gastroenterology Association and an award for outstanding accomplishment in Postdoctoral Research from the American Physiological Society.
  • 1991 – returned to the University of Manchester to work with Lord Turnberg on apoptosis in the GI epithelium.
  • 1992 – awarded The Sir Francis Avery Jones British Society of Gastroenterology Research Medal.
  • 1998 – appointed as Professor of Medicine at the University of Liverpool.
  • 2003-04 – Associate Editor of GUT, then its Deputy Editor (2005 – 2007).
  • 2010 – appointed by the University of East Anglia as its first professor of Translational medicine.

Professor Watson currently serves on the Council of the British Society of Gastroenterology, having been appointed in 2010 as its first Secretary of International Affairs. He is also an Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Foundation Trust specialising in diseases of the bowel.