Born in England in 1936, Dr. David Donaldson attended King Edward’s High School in Birmingham, where his fascination with chemistry blossomed. His discovery of the wonderments of chemistry and its applications served a turning point in his life, and from that point onward, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in the sciences. Drawing upon a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Birmingham, he was first hired as a house physician at Selly Oak Hospital in 1959. Soon thereafter, he affiliated himself with both Crawly Hospital and East Surrey Hospital, serving both medical centers as a consultant between 1970 and 2001, as well as serving East Surrey Hospital as a past clinical director of pathology.
Exhibiting a fervent passion for medicine, including the desire to help others, Dr. Donaldson notes that the key to success in his field revolves around the aptitude for taking care of others. He says that having knowledge of science is only helpful when one also holds the ability to communicate properly with individuals, and that in order to pursue a career in medicine, one must embrace dedication and love for the work. Supported by his own commitment to his field, Dr. Donaldson has lent his expertise to academia as a lecturer in clinical pathology at London South Bank University from 1997 to 2011. He has also provided lectures on the topic of clinical biochemistry at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England. His most recent role was as a chemical pathology consultant at BUPA Gatwick Park Hospital between 1983 and 2006.
Dr. Donaldson is a renowned expert in chemical pathology and the biochemistry of medicine, spending more than three decades of practice observing proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and water in an effort to diagnose liver disorders, kidney problems and diseases of any other organ. Exercising his talents in the industry, he has maintained affiliation with the Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society for Public Health, Royal Geographical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry. Likewise, he has been a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York Academy of Sciences, British Science Association, the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine, and the Harveian Society of London. Between 1992 and 1993, Dr. Donaldson served as the chairman of the East Surrey Division of the BMA. Furthermore, he is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Royal Society of Biology, Royal College of Pathologists, Medical Society of London and the Hunterian Society, as well as a life fellow of the International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Donaldson has been honored with myriad accolades for his contributions to the field. Most recently earning the Five-Year Voluntary Long Service Award from the National Trust’s Standen House in 2017, he previously received the Mori Felicitation Award from the International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine in 2002. Likewise, he was named a Lifetime Achiever, Top Doctor and Industry Leader, and recognized with the Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award. In his spare time, he enjoys the piano and studying the history of medicine.
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