Joshua A. Waters, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Specialty: General Surgery
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Lahey Clinic


IU Health Physicians


IU Health Methodist/IU Health University
IU Health North

Location Information

IU Health Physicians General Surgery

1801 N. Senate Blvd., Ste 635

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Clinical Interests


Accepting New Patients

Schedule an Appointment  Clinical Trials

Clinical Interests:Minimally Invasive and Robotic Colorectal Surgery, Colon and Rectal Cancer, Diverticulitis, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, Hemorrhoids, Colonoscopy

Clinical Research Interests: Surigcal Outcomes and Quality Improvement, Management of Diverticulitis, Infectious Colitis

Basic Research Interests: Biomarkers and Cancer Prevention

  1. Waters JA, Schmidt CM, Pinchot JW, White PB, Cummings OW, Pitt HA, Sandrasegaran K, Akisik F, Howard TJ, Nakeeb A, Zyromski NJ, Lillemoe KD. CT vs MRCP: optimal classification of IPMN type and extent. J Gastrointest Surg. 2008 Jan;12(1):101-9.
  2. Schmidt CM, White PB, Waters JA, Yiannoutsos CT, Cummings OW, Baker M, Howard TJ, Zyromski NJ, Nakeeb A, DeWitt JM, Akisik FM, Sherman S, Pitt HA, Lillemoe KD Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms: predictors of malignant and invasive pathology. Ann Surg. 2007 Oct;246(4):644-51; discussion 651-4.
  3. Waters JA, Chihara R, Moreno J, Robb BW, Wiebke EA, George VV. Laparoscopic Colectomy: Does the Learning Curve Extend Beyond Colorectal Surgery Fellowship? JSLS. 2010;14(3):325-331. (Micheal S Kavic Award “Best Resident Abstract”)
  4. Waters JA, Canal DF, Wiebke EA, Dumas RP, Beane JD, Aguilar-Saavedra JR, Ball CG, House MG, Zyromski NJ, Nakeeb A, Pitt HA, Lillemoe KD, Schmidt CM. Robotic distal pancreatectomy: cost effective?. Surgery. 2010 Oct;148(4):814-23.
  5. Waters JA*, Turrini O*, Schnelldorfer T, Lillemoe KD, Yiannoutsos CT, Farnell MB, Sarr MG, Schmidt CM. Invasive intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm: predictors of survival and role of adjuvant therapy. HPB (Oxford). 2010 Sep;12(7):447-55.
  6. Al-Haddad MA, Friedlin J, Kesterson J, Waters JA, Aguilar-Saavedra JR, Schmidt CM. Natural language processing for the development of a clinical registry: a validation study in intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms.  HPB (Oxford). 2010 Dec; 12(10):688-95.
  7. Waters JA, Guzman MJ, Fajardo AD, Selzer DJ, Wiebke EA, Robb BW, George VV. Single-port laparoscopic right hemicolectomy: a safe alternative to conventional laparoscopy. Dis Colon Rectum. 2010 Nov;53(11):1467-72.
  8. Friedlin J, Overhage M, Al-Haddad MA, Waters JA, Aguilar-Saavedra JJ, Kesterson J, Schmidt CM. Comparing methods for identifying pancreatic cancer patients using electronic data sources. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010 Nov 13;2010:237-41.
  9. Waters JA, Schnelldorfer T, Aguilar-Saavedra JR Survival of Invasive Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm and Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Following Resection: A Multi-institutional Comparison According to AJCC Stage. J Am Coll Surg. 2011 Aug;213(2):275-83.
  10. Glant JA, Waters JA, House MG, Zyromski NJ, Nakeeb A, Pitt HA, Lillemoe KD, Schmidt CM. Does the interval from imaging to operation affect the rate of unanticipated metastasis encountered during operation for pancreatic adenocarcinoma? Surgery. 2011 Oct;150(4):607-16.
  11. Miller JR, Meyer JE, Waters JA, Al-Haddad M, Dewitt J, Sherman S, Lillemoe KD, Schmidt CM. Outcome of the pancreatic remnant following segmental pancreatectomy for non-invasive intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm. HPB. 2011 Nov;13(11):759-66
  12. Yip-Schneider MT, Doyle CJ, McKillop IH, Wentz SC, Brandon-Warner E, Matos JM, Sandrasegaran K, Saxena R, Hennig ME, Wu H, Waters JA, Klein PJ, Froehlich JC, Schmidt CM. Alcohol induces liver neoplasia in a novel alcohol-preferring rat model. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2011 Dec;35(12):2216-25.
  13. Waters JA, Rapp BM, Guzman MJ, Jester AL, Selzer DJ, Robb BW, Johansen BJ, Tsai BM, Maun DC, George VV. Single-port laparoscopic right hemicolectomy: the first 100 resections.Dis Colon Rectum. 2012 Feb;55(2):134-9.
  14. Cauley CE, Waters JA, Dumas RP, Meyer JE, Al-Haddad MA, DeWitt JM, Lillemoe KD, Schmidt CM. Outcomes of primary surveillance for intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm. J Gastrointest Surg. 2012 Feb;16(2):258-67; discussion 266.
  15. Holcomb BK, Yip-Schneider MT, Waters JA, Beane JD, Crooks PA, Schmidt CM. Dimethylamino parthenolide enhances the inhibitory effects of gemcitabine in human pancreatic cancer cells. J Gastrointest Surg. 2012 Jul;16(7):1333-40.
  16. Mehrabi S, Schmidt CM, Waters JA, Beesley C, Krishnan A, Kesterson J, Dexter P, Al-Haddad MA, Tierney WM, Palakal M.; An efficient pancreatic cyst identification methodology using natural language processing. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013;192:822-6.
  17. Sturm EC, Roch AM, Shaffer KM, Schmidt CM 2nd, Lee SJ, Zyromski NJ, Pitt HA, Dewitt JM, Al-Haddad MA, Waters JA, Schmidt CM. Obesity increases malignant risk in patients with branch-duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm. Surgery. 2013 Oct;154(4):803-8.
  18. Barron MR, Roch AM, Waters JA, Parikh JA, DeWitt JM, Al-Haddad MA, Ceppa EP, House MG, Zyromski NJ, Nakeeb A, Pitt HA, Schmidt CM. Does preoperative cross-sectional imaging accurately predict main duct involvement in intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm? J Gastrointest Surg. 2014 Mar;18(3):447-55.
  19. Waters J, Fajardo A, Holcomb B, George V, Robb B, Ziegler M..Langerhans cell histiocytosis with anorectal involvement: a rare manifestation of adult disease. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2015 May;30(5):707-8.

Department of Surgery | 545 Barnhill Drive, Emerson Hall 203, Indianapolis, In 46202 | Phone: (317) 274-5771