After initially graduating from the University of the West Indies, Miss McDonald spent a further nine years in the Bahamas in a range of surgical roles, before moving to London in 1982. She became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh that year and subsequently pursued specialist training in general surgery and urology, gaining her Diploma in Urology at the Institute of Urology (UCL London) in 1990. Miss McDonald was appointed consultant urologist at North Middlesex University Hospital in 1995.
Miss McDonald regularly travels to Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean to run workshops and to share her urological expertise and be involved in the training of the young urologists in these countries. She is actively involved in the teaching of surgical trainees in the UK, as Surgical Tutor at North Middlesex University Hospital as well as Educational and Clinical Supervisor. Miss McDonald has been a member of the Board of Directors and also a member of the Nominations Committee of the Societe Internationale D´Urologie, and is a Honorary Consultant to St Luke’s Healthcare, looking after the Church of England clergy.
She is a recipient of the Caribbean Urological Association award for training, and also the Association of surgeons in Zimbabwe award, which is inscribed with her motto, "Teach one, cure many".
We talk to her about all this, and more!