As well as being a Consultant Surgeon at Northwick Park and St. Mark’s Hospital in Harrow, Dr McDonald is also a senior clinical lecturer, Imperial College, London, writer and performer and author of the Oxford Dictionary of Medical Quotations. His wry look at the profession provokes much laughter as well as revealing some interesting facts. The highest doctor’s fee in history, for example, seems to have been a Dr Felix’s operation on Louis XlV’s fistula for which he was rewarded with half of Provence … He’d had to practice on four paupers first though.
His published work includes acting as a columnist in medical newspapers (mainly humorous and satirical) – over 750 articles. He also wrote Trust in Conflict (1999) Novel – A tale of betrayal and lust in modern British Hospital; The Oxford Dictionary of Medical Quotations (2003) and Ride in Middle England (2005)
His radio journalism includes: Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC, Talk Radio and Radio 4 (Quote Unquote six times and Inspirations four times).
His TV work includes appearances on: Sky News, The Money Programme and A Ride in Middle England
Peter is a popular after dinner speaker having made almost a hundred appearances since 1991.
“Thank you so much for providing a very entertaining evening last Saturday. The members and guests were thrilled with your address. It was the most amusing address we have had to the Society since I joined more than 10 years ago. All agreed it was an exceptional evening.” West Kent Medico-Chirurgical Society 2008