Always interested in taking care of others, James F. Donohue, MD was determined to become a doctor from a young age. In 1965, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Peter’s College (now Saint Peter’s University) in New Jersey. In 1969, he obtained a Doctor of Medicine in biomedical and health sciences and a Doctor of Philosophy in biomedical science, both from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He began his medical training in 1971 as a junior resident at Rutgers. He then moved on to North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC, to become a senior resident. In 1976, he became a fellow of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Donohue spent the rest of his career at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, serving as the director of clinical group pulmonary diseases and as a professor and physician for decades. In 2002, he was appointed chief of the Division of Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine at the university. Today, Dr. Donohue continues his work as a professor of medicine and holds the title of emeritus chief.
In addition to his primary appointments, Dr. Donohue also served as the chairman of the National American Thoracic Society Foundation from 2010 to 2016 before earning the title of emeritus chairman. Specializing in pulmonary critical medicine, asthma, COPD, and interstitial lung disease, Dr. Donohue has developed drugs for pulmonary diseases and acted as a data safety monitor on many large clinical trials in the field. He has also extended his expertise to the field as the author and contributor of more than 100 articles to peer-reviewed journals.
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