Doug McWhinnie graduated from Glasgow University Medical School in 1977 and was appointed Clinical Lecturer in Surgery and Surgical Tutor at Oxford University in 1983. While completing his research MD with Honours in the Immunology of Renal Transplant rejection, he developed an interest in day surgery through day case laparoscopic cholecystectomy and laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. He was appointed Consultant general and Vascular Surgeon in Milton Keynes in 1993.
He was appointed President of the British Association of Day Surgery in 2008 and in 2010 was elected to the General Assembly of the International Association of Ambulatory Surgery ( IAAS) . He was appointed Surgical Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ambulatory Surgery the following year and to the Executive Council in 2013. Doug has lectured widely and published extensively on ambulatory surgery. He co-authored the Oxford Handbook of Day Case Surgery, and has contributed to several standard surgical textbooks on day surgery. His main interest relates to patient safety and the design of ambulatory pathways.
In addition to his work in ambulatory surgery, Doug is Professor and Director of Clinical Studies for the new independent University of Buckingham Medical School, with the first intake of students in January 2015.