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Mhairi G. MacDonald, MD

Title: Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics
The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Kittery Point, Maine, United States

Mhairi G. MacDonald, MD, an emeritus professor of pediatrics at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of pediatric medicine.

With over 40 years of experience in her chosen field to her credit, Dr. MacDonald found success through her work as a professor of pediatrics at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where she earned emeritus status in 2016. Initially joining the faculty staff as an assistant professor at the university in 1978, she obtained her tenure in 1982 and specialized in teaching students on the subjects of neonatology, neonatal intensive care and pediatric pharmacology. Previously, Dr. MacDonald had served as an instructor in pediatrics at both the Albany Medical College and Johns Hopkins University.

Outside of her work in education, Dr. MacDonald pursued a concurrent career in neonatal intensive care at several medical facilities, serving in various directorial roles across the span of her professional journey at the Albany Medical Center, Inova Loudoun Hospital and the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In more recent years, she earned distinction as a member of the field staff at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education between 2000 and 2010. Well-regarded for her scholarly output, Dr. MacDonald established a quarterly publication related to pediatric HIV, and has contributed over 120 publications to her medical field, including more than 10 textbooks.

Before venturing onto her vocational path, Dr. MacDonald sought a formal education at the University of Edinburgh, from which she earned a Bachelor of Medical Science in 1966. Following this accomplishment, she earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the university’s medical school in 1969, prior to completing her training in pediatrics in the UK. She went on to undertake fellowship training in neonatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and began her research career at the New York State Health Department before moving to the National Institutes of Health.

Among her most notable accomplishments, Dr. MacDonald is most proud to have worked with the personal team of Princess Diana on preparing and publishing the program for the European Conference on Pediatric HIV Infection in 1993. In a more general sense, she is gratified to have availed herself on behalf of hundreds of parents and their children, many of whom have remained in contact with her long after leaving her care. Privileged to have been trained in newborn intensive care prior to it becoming recognized as a subspecialty of peditatrics in the U.S., she is most proud of her ability to mitigate the stress and fear confronting family members of her patients by providing openness, empathy, honesty, and accessibility and her membership of the Harriet Lane Alumni Society, granted by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for “Advancing the mission of pediatrics and pursuing excellence in the care of children.” Currently, Dr. MacDonald is writing companion novels, both of which are international medical thrillers set in the Cold War era, including one titled “Moral Injury.”

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