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Balfour, Donald Church (MD)*

Honors and Awards

  • Honorary member (Fellow), 1956
Other Awards
  • Balfour DC. A method of anastomosis between sigmoid and rectum. Ann Surg. 1910;51(2):239– Article selected for: Classic articles in colonic and rectal surgery. Dis Colon Rectum. 1984 Aug;27(8):559–62.
  • Donald C. Balfour Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award established 1980
  • Donald Church Balfour Visiting Professorship, Mayo Foundation, created 1960
  • American Gastroenterological Association, Friedenwald Medal, 1956
  • American Medical Association, Distinguished Service Award, 1955
  • Northwestern University, Centennial Award, 1951
  • University of Minnesota, Builder of the Name Award, 1950
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England, Edinburgh, and Australasia, Honorary Fellowships
  • University of Toronto, Carleton College, St. Olaf College, Honorary LLD degrees
  • McMaster University, Northwestern University, Honorary DSC degrees
  • President’s Certificate of Merit, in recognition of his services to the Army and Navy during the Second World War, 1948
  • Sigma Chi, Minnesota Chapter, elected member, 1920
Other Accomplishments & Activities
  • Medical educator and gastric surgeon of international renown
  • Invented Balfour operating table and Balfour abdominal retractor
  • American College of Surgeons, president, 1935–1936
  • Minnesota Medical Foundation, patron member
  • World Medical Organization, founder
  • World Health Organization, charter member
  • American Medical Association, Advisory Board for Medical Specialties, member
  • Medical societies in France, Britain, Italy, and Hungary, member
  • Interstate Postgraduate Medical Assembly of North America, president 1945
  • Army Medical Library, honorary consultant, 1943
  • Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, US Navy, honorary consultant, 1941
  • Accomplished musician on organ and piano

Publications (5 representative)

  • Balfour DC, Keys TE. A stained glass window on the history of medicine. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1944 Oct;32(4):488–95.
  • Balfour, DC. Factors of significance in the prognosis of cancer of the stomach. Ann Surg 1937 May;105(5):733–
  • Busterman GB, Balfour DC. The stomach and duodenum. W.B. Saunders, 1935.
  • Balfour DC. Results of gastroenterostomy for ulcer of the duodenum and stomach. Ann Surg 1935 Oct;92(4):558–
  • Balfour DC, Good RW. Phytobeozar associated with gastric ulcer. Am J Surg 1929 May;6(5):579–

Professional Positions

  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, 1950
  • Director Emeritus, Mayo Foundation, Rochester, MN, 1947
  • Director, Department of Surgery and Mayo Clinic Foundation, Rochester, MN, 1937–1947
  • Professor of Surgery, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Graduate School, University of Minnesota, 1917–1947
  • Member, 1929–1947; Chair, 1933–1936; Mayo Clinic Board of Governors, Rochester, MN
  • Head, General Surgery Section, Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 1912
  • Assistant, Department of Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 1909

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • MD, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, 1914
  • Intern, Hamilton City Hospital, Hamilton, ON, Canada, 1906–1907
  • Bachelor of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, 1906
  • Undergraduate education, Hamilton Collegiate Institute, Hamilton, ON, Canada


(Birth: 1882; Death 1963)

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