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Biographical entry Sutherland, Donald McKay (1893 - 1962)

MRCS and FRCS 8 December 1921; MB ChB Manchester 1917; MD 1921.

14 July 1893
20 May 1962
General surgeon


Born on 14 July 1893 he was educated in Manchester and, for the clinical period, at Manchester Royal Infirmary, qualifying in 1917 with distinction in medicine having filled house appointments prior to qualification. He then was commissioned in the RAMC as Captain, serving from 1917 to 1919. Postgraduate study at the Middlesex and St Bartholomew's Hospitals followed, and after being admitted to the Fellowship he returned to the Manchester Royal Infirmary as resident surgical officer in 1923, which post he occupied until 1925.

In 1926 he was appointed surgeon to Stockport Infirmary, in 1927 to the Northern Hospital, in 1930 to the Royal Children's Hospital, and finally in 1934 as assistant surgeon to the Royal Infirmary, becoming full surgeon in 1942 until his retirement in 1959. After this he devoted himself to the Cottage Hospital at Alderley Edge near his home, and to his favourite pastime, golf.

Tall, well dressed and a striking figure, he was shy but friendly and tolerant, an excellent teacher and an efficient, effortless operator.

He died on 20 May 1962 aged 68, his wife having died before him, survived by his son and his daughter, a doctor.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1962, 1, 1558 with portrait and 2, 346 by MA; Lancet 1962, 1, 1192 with appreciation by William Brockbank].

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