Peter McDonald is a consultant gastrointestinal surgeon at Northwick Park & St. Mark's Hospital in London, with a special interest in coloproctology, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, hernia surgery, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, paediatric general surgery and emergency gastrointestinal surgery. Since 1991 has specialised in colorectal cancer and Crohn's Disease, with more than 70 scientific papers published.
He is a past President of the Royal Society of Medicine, Surgery Section and of the St. Mark's Association. Peter is currently Chairman of the Medical Staff Committee at Northwick Park and Sub-Dean at St. Mark's Hospital. He has also been Honorary Editor of the Royal Society of Medicine and a past Hon. Secretary of the Section of Surgery at the RSM.
As a medical journalist Peter has over 900 opinion columns published in Hospital Doctor, Colorectal Disease, Annals of Royal College Surgeons Bulletin and in The Times, She Magazine and The Geographical Magazine. He also wrote the novel “A Trust in Conflict” (1999) by his alias Dr Slop; “The Oxford Dictionary of Medical Quotations” (2003); a travel book about a long distance journey on horseback “A Ride in Middle England” (2006) and appeared in five half hour TV documentary films, on the same subject, on Sky Channel (Horse and Country). Appearances on Radio 4 include “Quote/Unquote” (6); “Inspirations” (4) and “Word of Mouth” (1), Queensland Radio (ABC) (1988) and Sky TV and BBC2.
A fiddler (traditional folk), Peter McDonald has one wife, twenty animals including horses, dogs, cats, ducks, chickens and four children.
Peter McDonald has delivered hundreds of after dinner speeches to a wide variety of corporate dinners, clubs and medical audiences throughout the UK and Europe, and is highly revered for his observational and hilarious take on the inner sanctum of the medical world and today's NHS. His wry look at the profession provokes much laughter, as well as revealing some interesting facts.