An expert in chemical pathology and the biochemistry of medicine, Dr. David Donaldson spent many years observing proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals [e.g. sodium, potassium], vitamins and water, in order to diagnose liver disorders, kidney problems, and indeed, diseases of any organ. Born in England 1936, Dr. Donaldson became fascinated with chemistry whilst at King Edward’s High School, Birmingham. This arousal served as a turning point in his life because he instantly recognized that he wanted to pursue a career in the sciences. As a result, he followed on to a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, obtaining both degrees at the University of Birmingham in 1959. Upon graduating from the university, he was appointed house physician at Selly Oak Hospital. Since then, he has built up an impressive professional structure to his life comprising consulting in the field of chemical pathology, delivering large numbers of lectures on the topic of clinical biochemistry, and serving as the clinical director of pathology for East Surrey Hospital.
A renowned leader in his field, Dr. Donaldson maintained strong ties with Crawley Hospital and East Surrey Hospital for over three decades in medical practice, serving both medical centres as a consultant from 1970-2001; he lectured, too, over this period on the M.Sc. course at the University of Surrey, Guildford. Moreover, he often presented lectures in clinical pathology at London South Bank University, from 1984-2006. His most recent position was as a chemical pathology consultant for BUPA Gatwick Park Hospital, from 1983-2006.
Dr. Donaldson has exercised passion for his profession through a multitude of affiliations, including The Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Pathologists, Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Royal Geographical Society. He maintains membership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Clinical Pathology, Association for Clinical Biochemistry, Harveian Society of London, Medical Society of London, Hunterian Society and Royal Society of Medicine. From 1992-1993, Dr. Donaldson was chairman of the East Surrey’s Division of the BMA.
Since entering his field, Dr. Donaldson has earned a bevy of accolades for his accomplishments. In 2002, he received the Mori Felicitation Award from the International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Most recently, he earned the Five-Year Voluntary Long Service Award from the National Trust’s Standen House (2017) for his piano playing. Notably, Dr. Donaldson was also named a Lifetime Achiever and recognized with the Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award. He is listed in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the World.
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