The Doty family’s love of education goes back a long way. The grandmother of heart surgeon Donald B. Doty, MD, was an elementary schoolteacher in northern Utah. Each of her five children taught school, including Don’s father. His mother taught English. Cheryl, Don’s wife, taught school in California and Iowa.
Don completed medical school at Stanford University in 1962. Ten years later, after completing surgery residencies and military service, he joined the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, where he was professor of surgery in the thoracic and cardiovascular surgery division.
In 1983, Don became an attending physician at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. He was named the hospital’s chief of surgery in 1993. He retired Dec. 31, 2004, though he continues to be active in teaching, research, and publishing while serving as chair of Missionary Department Health Services of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Throughout his career, Don has been involved in teaching. He is adjunct professor of surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and founder and director of the annual core curriculum review in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, a review course for surgeons preparing for the thoracic surgery board examination.
Don also has earned a reputation nationally and internationally as a lecturer, and his writings include four medical textbooks and more than 200 articles published in peer reviewed scientific journals.
Rooted in their commitment to education, the Doty family continues to teach, strengthen and serve. Both of Don and Cheryl’s sons are involved in education: David is currently serving as the Superintendent of the Canyons School District. John is a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon in Salt Lake City and adjunct assistant professor of surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
That legacy lengthens with the Doty Family Education Center. Thanks to the Doty family’s generous donation, the facility includes a 300-seat auditorium, eight classrooms, and two computer labs. There, doctors and nurses, clinicians, and caregivers can meet to discuss better ways to treat patients – and where clinicians can gather to learn from one another and, via the latest technology, from their counterparts around the globe.
"My family has all been teachers. Every one of them," Don says. "We believe in the power of education. It is the hope of our family that this facility will provide an opportunity to make learning a way of life."