Professor Paul J Donald gave his Semon Lecture in 2005. He spoke about the trauma caused by ballistics and focused on the difficulty faced in treating such wounds to the face, whether to hard or soft tissue. Donald then highlighted the fact that outcomes have improved in terms of reconstruction and functionality due to innovative technologies and techniques.
Professor Paul Donald was born in British Colombia, Canada. During his training in both Canada, and later on in the United States, Donald spent three years in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. He excelled in his field of Head and Neck Surgery and received the Medal of the City of Paris, among other awards, for his work in this area. Professor Donald has also authored over 100 articles and six textbooks and been a member of a number of international societies and former Cheif of Head and Neck Surgery and Director of the Skull Base Surgery Programme at the University of California.