Title: (Retired) Consultant in Chemical Pathology
Location: Redhill, Surrey, United Kingdom
David Donaldson, Retired Consultant in Chemical Pathology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of chemical pathology.
From a young age, Dr. Donaldson was passionate about chemistry. In high school, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in chemistry, biology, and physics, and he decided to study medicine. After earning a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Chirurgery, Dr. Donaldson started his career as a house physician at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham in 1959. He quickly took on a new role as a house surgeon at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, then as senior house officer in clinical pathology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1960. At the Leeds Teaching Hospitals, he worked as a registrar and assistant resident medical officer from 1961 to 1962, and continued to build experience as a registrar at Victoria Hospital from 1963 to 1964.
Dr. Donaldson started his work in chemical pathology at University College London Hospitals, where he worked as an honorary senior registrar in chemical pathology and a lecturer for the institute of neurology from 1964 to 1970. He transitioned to the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, where he would go on to work as a consultant in chemical pathology for more than 30 years. In 1971, he co-authored “Essential Diagnostic Tests in Biochemistry and Hematology.” He worked at both East Surrey Hospital and Crawley Hospital, serving as clinical director of pathology at East Surrey Hospital for several years, from 1991 to 1994. Additionally, from 1984 to 2006, Dr. Donaldson lent his expertise as a consultant in chemical pathology to Gatwick Park Bupa Health Centre.
Beyond his clinical work, Dr. Donaldson leveraged his knowledge, contributing various chapters to books, and articles to professional journals. He co-authored “Diagnostic Function Tests in Chemical Pathology” in 1989, and served as deputy honorary editor for the Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health from 1997 to 2004. In 1998, he authored “Psychiatric Disorders with a Biochemical Basis.” In recognition of his success and expertise, Dr. Donaldson was the recipient of the Mori Felicitation Award from the International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine in 2002, among others. He continued his work, serving as a lecturer in clinical biochemistry for London South Bank University from 1997 to 2011.
Dr. Donaldson attributes his success to his passion and interest in his work. Through his career, he consistently sought out difficult clinical cases, and strived to increase his understanding of the field as much as possible. He loves solving difficult problems, and advises aspiring medical professionals that the most important components of success in the medical field are caring for people, communication, and commitment. Dr. Donaldson is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Pathologists, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Royal Society of Biology. He is a member of myriad professional organizations, and as a testament to his stature, he has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who in America.
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