Dr van der Wat qualified at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1973. He is a specialist obstetrician gynaecologist. In 1983 he studied laser surgery through the American Association for Gynaecological Laparoscopists (AAGL).
Dr van der Wat has served on international boards on minimally invasive gynaecology and endoscopy and currently holds a position on the board of the AAGL. He has also published numerous articles in peer review journals and written many chapters in Textbooks. In 2007 he received the prestigious Romannini award for the best publication on Endometriosis from the AAGL.
Dr van der Wat is chairman of 2 international meetings and will again host the international AAGL/SASREG meeting in Cape Town April 2013. This will focus on minimally invasive gynaecology and Endometriosis.
His interest in Laser Surgery started in 1983 after attending a course through the AAGL at the University of Southern California. Since 2005 Dr van der Wat has been involved in the Parklane Laserderm where he currently performs filler and Botox injections as well assists with advice on Laser Therapy.