Sir Donald Campbell Scotland Canada

Biography of Sir Donald Campbell

Sir Donald Campbell (1930-2004) held the Chair of Anaesthesia from 1976 to 1992. He was Dean of the Medical Faculty from 1987 to 1992.

Campbell graudated in medicine from the University in 1952. After completing resident posts, he moved to Canada and began training in anaesthesia. He returned to Glasgow in 1956. Following further training at the Royal Infirmary and Stobhill Hospital, Campbell became a fellow of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He was appointed Lecturer in the University Department of Anaesthetics at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1960. The following year he transferred to the health service department as a consultant, a post that he held for the next fifteen years.

While in Canada, Campbell developed an interest in anaesthesia for heart surgery and noted the early development of intensive care units. He persuaded his colleagues at the Royal Infirmary to open a respiratory intensive care unit. The unit opened in 1966 with Campbell as its first director.

Campbell pursued research interests in several areas including the development of more sophisticated ventilators, the pharmacology of new analgesic drugs and the effects of smoke inhalation on the lungs. He developed his interest in medical education during his time as a professor and Dean of the Medical Faculty at the University.

Among his many distinctions, he served as vice-president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and as chairman of the Scottish Council for Post-Graduate Medical Education. He was appointed CBE in 1987 and received his knighthood in 1994.


Sir Donald Campbell

Born 8 March 1930, Rutherglen, Scotland.
Died 14 September 2004.
GU Degree: MB ChB, 1952;
University Link: Alumnus, Faculty Dean, Lecturer, Professor
Occupation categories: anaesthetists
Record last updated: 5th Mar 2013

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Scotland Scotland
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  • Faculty Dean
  • Alumnus
  • Lecturer
  • Professor

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