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David W. Doner, Jr., MD


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Dr. David W. Doner, Jr., MD joined the SBCC Foundation Board of Directors in 2012, and during his tenure has gained a greater knowledge of the value his giving brings to Santa Barbara City College. Dr. Doner has established four scholarships to assist SBCC students – one in the area of biological and life sciences, one for the nursing program, one for former foster youth in the Guardian Scholars program, and along with his sister Joy Doner-Mazzeo, one to support students with learning disabilities in honor of his son Austin. He also gives generously to the Adopt-A-Student Scholarship program, which supports students with the most need by funding enrollment and books for one semester.

Dr. Doner was born in Jackson, Michigan. He grew up in Ohio, living in Cuyahoga Falls and Chillicothe. He attended both Ohio State University and its College of Medicine, where he graduated cum laude. Dr. Doner completed a residency in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester in New York and a fellowship in nephrology at Boston University, before joining the staff at Boston VA Hospital. Concurrently, he was an assistant professor of medicine at Boston University. He then spent 10 months meditating in Switzerland before moving to Santa Barbara in 1978, where he set up an internal medicine and nephrology practice. During this time, he was also an associate clinical professor of medicine at USC and the clinical director of the Lompoc Artificial Kidney Center.

Now retired, Dr. Doner is blessed to be living in the “paradise” that is Santa Barbara, giving his support to Santa Barbara City College and its students as well as USC Arts and Lectures.

Author: Jessica Tade


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