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 rapair. He was appointed Consultant general and Vascular Surgeon in Milton Keynes in 1993 and in 1997 opened the first dedicated 23 hour unit in the UK to complement an expanding day unit. Doug was an executive member of the commissioning group which , in 2005,opened the Milton Keynes Ambulatory Treatment Centre successfully co-locating preassessment, day surgery and 23 hour surgery in the same building.
In 1998, he became a council member of the British Association of Day Surgery, and having held a number of executive positions, was appointed President of the Association in 2008. After joining the General Assembly of IAAS in 2010, 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