Professor John Watson MB BS, MSc, FRCP, FFPH - is a Consultant Clinical Epidemiologist and Head of the Respiratory Diseases Department, Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Contol, Public Health England. He is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Visiting Professor in the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences at University College London. He qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, London, in 1979 and subsequently trained in clinical respiratory medicine and infectious disease epidemiology before being appointed to the Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England) in 1989. His main interests include tuberculosis and acute respiratory infections (particularly influenza, legionnaires disease and SARS). His work has focussed on the surveillance, prevention and control of these diseases at the local, national and international level. He led the Health Protection Agency's public health response to pandemic influenza in 2009 and to the novel coronavirus in 2012. His research has focussed on the epidemiology prevention and control of influenza and tuberculosis.
Professor Watson sits on a number of national and international committees including the BCG and influenza sub-committees of the UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.