John Waters, M.D.

  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
  • Lung Cancer
  • General Thoracic Surgery

Biography

John K. Waters, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in non-cardiac thoracic surgery.

Dr. Waters earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a residency in surgery and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at UT Southwestern, followed by an advanced fellowship in surgical robotics through the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Graham Foundation and supplemental training in thoracic surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the University of Pittsburgh.

Certified by the American Boards of Surgery and Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Waters joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2020. Previously, he served as a thoracic surgeon at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital-Plano, where he established programs in airway, benign foregut, and esophageal emergency surgery.

Dr. Waters’ clinical interests include minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery, lung and esophageal cancer, esophagectomy for benign disease, mesothelioma, mediastinal masses, paraneoplastic syndromes, chest wall tumors, and benign foregut disease. He has co-authored book chapters on surgical robotics and esophagectomy for end-stage achalasia and presented original work at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Lung Cancer Symposium and General Thoracic Surgery Club. He serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for numerous scholarly journals.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine (2006-2010)
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2012-2015), General Surgery
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2015-2018), Thoracic Surgery
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Texas Medical Association
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2022
  • Board Certification: American Board of Thoracic Surgery 2019
  • AATS Graham Surgical Robotics Fellowship Graduate 2017
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery 2016
  • Thoracic Surgery Director’s Association Boot Camp Graduate 2015
  • UT Southwestern Department of Surgery Resident Teaching Award 2015
  • Alpha Omega Alpha UT Southwestern Medical Center 2013
  • UT Southwestern Department of Surgery Resident Teaching Award 2013
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Gamble Scholar 2006-2010
Books & Publications
  • Books
    • Esophagectomy for End Stage Achalasia in Patti M, Schlottman F (eds.) Foregut Surgery: Achalasia, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, and Obesity
      Waters JK, Molena D , New York, Springer
    • Robotic Transthoracic Duct Ligation in Kernstine KH (ed.) Atlas of Thoracic Robotic Surgery
      Kernstine KH, Waters JK (2018), New York, Springer
    • Robotic First Rib Resection: Paget-Schroetters Disease in Kernstine KH (ed.) Atlas of Thoracic Robotic Surgery
      Kernstine KH, Waters JK (2018), New York, Springer
    • Robotic Paraesophageal “Giant” Hiatal Hernia Repair in Kernstine KH (ed.) Atlas of Thoracic Robotic Surgery
      Kernstine KH, Waters JK (2018), New York, Springer
    • Robotic Esophagectomy in Wang JK, Ferguson M (eds.) Atlas of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Lung and Esophageal Cancer
      Kernstine KH, Waters JK, Rizk NP, Sarkaria IS, Scott C, Onaitis M (2017), Dordrecht, Springer
  • Publications
Research
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Lung Cancer Molecular Mutations
  • Lung Cancer Screening
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair
  • LeMierre’s Disease
  • Central Airway Obstruction

Clinical Focus

  • Lung Cancer
  • General Thoracic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive and Robotic-Assisted Surgery
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Paraesophageal Hernia

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