Dr. John Watts is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University and a neonatologist at McMaster Children's Hospital.
Dr. Watts trained in internal medicine and pediatrics at children's hospitals in London and San Francisco. He came to Hamilton in 1976 and has served as the Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and as the Chief of the Neonatal Division. He is a Past President of the Canadian Pediatric Society, as well as Past President of the Canadian Bio-ethics Society. He is a member of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and chairs the Council's Discipline Committee.
A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in Internal Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Pediatrics, Dr. Watts' research interests include ethics, particularly with respect to research in children, overviews of clinical trials, and respiratory disease and palliative care in newborns and children. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and seven book chapters. He also teaches clinical ethics at McMaster University.
In 2003, Dr. Watts was presented with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition for his contributions to the health and welfare of children.