Ross Donaldson

Dr. Ross Donaldson, a UCLA medical professor and works in one of Los Angeles's main trauma centers, specializing in emergency medicine and global health. As a doctor and humanitarian, Dr. Donaldson has traveled extensively—via tugboats and tuk-tuks—through distant revolutions, landmined fields, and warring countries; been a NASA expedition doctor to one of the planet’s highest lakes; and been a caregiver to some of humanity’s poorest people.

 The recipient of numerous academic honors, Dr. Donaldson is an internationally invited speaker and has appeared on television and cable. He is the chief editor of the Tarascon Medical Translation Pocketbook, an aid helping healthcare workers communicate with their foreign speaking patients in 18 different languages.

Dr. Donaldson’s most recent international work involves frequent trips to Iraq, where he is helping to build an emergency medical system for that country’s traumatized civilians. When in the States, he resides in Venice Beach, California.


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Published work

Tarascon Medical Translation Pocketbook (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, August 2009); The Lassa Ward: One Man's Fight Against One of the World's Deadliest Diseases (St. Martin’s Press, May 2009)