Donald Dafoe

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Dr. Donald C. Dafoe is an American surgeon and research scientist.


The oldest son of a surgeon,[1] Dafoe graduated from Appleton West High School in Appleton, Wisconsin, in 1967, where he was on the football and wrestling teams.[2] He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his undergraduate degree in zoology[2] and his medical degree.[3] He became a transplant surgeon after training in surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and now works at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he is Director, Pancreas Transplantation, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Center, and Director of Surgical Education, and holds the Eris M. Field Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research. He was previously medical director for the California Transplant Donor Network. He has written over 160 peer-reviewed articles and he has been on the editorial board of Journal of Surgical Research, The Chimera, and Transplantation Science.[3]

He is the former husband to vascular surgeon Rhoda F. Leichter, a father of two[1] and is the brother of actor Willem Dafoe.[1] He also has five sisters.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Pancreas Transplant Director Donald Dafoe Joins Cedars-Sinai". Cedars-Sinai Medical Center press release via May 13, 2005. Archived from the original on December 9, 2011. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Appleton West Legends Club students. "Dr. Donald Dafoe" (PDF). Appleton, Wisconsin: Appleton Area School District via Appleton West Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on July 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Donald C. Dafoe, MD". Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Archived from the original on December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ Dafoe, Willem (November 21, 2009). "What I Know about Women". The Observer (UK). Archived from the original on November 26, 2009.