Honorary Degree Recipient
The University of New Brunswick will grant an honorary doctorate of science degree to Dr. Donald H. Lalonde, plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Dr. Donald Lalonde holds a Bachelor of Life Sciences (1975) and Doctor of Medicine (1979) from Queen’s University. From McGill University, he holds a Master of Science in Experimental Surgery (1982) and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in plastic surgery (1984). He is a professor of Surgery, and an attending plastic surgeon at the Saint John Regional Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Serving on a number of boards and committees, Dr. Lalonde is past Chair of both the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the first Canadian Plastic Surgeon to be elected, and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Plastic Surgery Specialty Committee and Exam Board; past President of the American Association of Hand surgery and the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons; and an honorary member of the American Society of Hand Therapy.
He has presented more than 1,000 international lectures in over 50 countries, has more than 100 publications and has authored 30 book chapters. A member of various editorial boards, Dr. Lalonde is editor of the Wide Awake Hand Surgery book (Thieme Medical Publishers, 2016).
In addition to receiving a number of Excellence in Teaching Awards, he is a 2017 recipient of the Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA) F.N.G. Starr Award, which represents the highest award that lies within the power of the CMA to bestow upon one of its members. In 2015, he received the Golden Apple Award from Health Volunteers Overseas.
Dr. Lalonde has dedicated a significant amount of his time and expertise to performing volunteer surgical missions in over 20 countries, both cleft lip repair and reconstruction of hand injuries.