James H. Graham Award of Merit: Recipients
Allan S. MacDonald, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Allan S. MacDonald is a Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Dalhousie University and former director of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. He is also on staff at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and works part-time at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst, N.S.
Dr. MacDonald started the Kidney Transplant Program in Halifax. He also directed Dalhousie’s Transplantation Research Laboratory from 1972-1982. Experiments from his lab led to the development of a new technique for pancreas transplantation that stood as the standard clinical operation for a decade. In 1980, he fulfilled a mandate to start a liver and pancreas transplant program. Over the next 10 years, this led to Atlantic Canada’s first clinical liver transplant and first pancreas graft. He also helped introduce laparoscopic cholecystectomy, laparoscopic appendectomy and adrenalectomy to Nova Scotia.
The author of over 200 scientific papers, he is widely regarded for his cancer research and for being a pioneering authority on transplantation and immunology. He has been an active member of multiple professional societies and was a member of Royal College Council from 1986-1994.
Dr. MacDonald received his medical degree from Dalhousie in 1963. This was followed by a General Surgery residency in Halifax. He also trained at Harvard University with Dr. Joseph E. Murray and at Cambridge University with Professor Sir Roy Calne.