Likes For Lives Campaign to Benefit OhioHealth Bing Cancer Center

likes-for-livesEach October, plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson sponsors the Likes for Lives Campaign — a fundraiser whose proceeds go directly to cancer research within the community. For the third year in a row, Donaldson Plastic Surgery will be raising money during Breast Cancer awareness month. To help out, anyone online can simply “like” the Donaldson Plastic Surgery Facebook page. For each like they receive during the month of October, Dr. Donaldson and his staff will donate $1 to the OhioHealth Bing Cancer Center.

The OhioHealth Cancer Center is a facility located on the campus of Riverside Methodist Hospital where patients can receive a multitude of services aimed at treating cancer, supporting patients and their families, and promoting health and well being. The Center provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to cancer with resources ranging from therapy, imaging, testing, nutrition, wig-shopping, genetic counseling, clinical research and meditation – all under one roof. Learn more at:

Last year, Dr. Donaldson was able to raise almost $1400 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. He hopes to have the chance to donate even more to the OhioHealth Bing Cancer Center this year.

Likes for Lives participants don’t even have to spend their own money to donate to the Bing Cancer Center; just click to help out at:

Donaldson Plastic Surgery Receives Fast 50 Recognition for Business Growth

fast-50Last week, Columbus Business First announced its Fast 50 list of fastest-growing companies in Columbus. Of over 100 nominations, Donaldson Plastic Surgery is one of the top 50 finalists. It is one of only a handful of medical practices to ever make the list, and the first plastic surgery practice in the history of the program.

The Fast 50 is tabulated by an independent accounting firm to determine annual revenue growth from the past three years. The higher the growth percentage, the higher the ranking. To celebrate the annual event, a luncheon is scheduled for October 10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom. Here, the individual rankings of each business will be revealed. The keynote speaker will be Bill Hutter, CEO of Sequent, Inc.

Donaldson Plastic Surgery is pleased to have attained such a high honor. Dr. Donaldson and his staff are known for their commitment to excellence and their high standards of care. Dr. Donaldson has been recognized by People’s Choice as one of America’s most compassionate doctors. Patients give praise regarding the practice’s ease of scheduling, bedside manner, follow-up care, and doctor-patient facetime, among others.

For more information about Columbus Business First and the 2013 Fast 50 list, visit

One of Donaldson Plastic Surgery’s Very Own to Receive Honorary Recognition

bobbieDonaldson Plastic Surgery is proud to have a dedicated team of professionals on board. Dr. Donaldson’s surgical first assistant, Bobbie Perry, has recently been recognized as one of the fifty most influential graduates from Columbus State Community College. The school is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and in honor of the special occasion, they are recognizing students and former graduates who have excelled in their fields to make a difference within their community. See more here:

Bobbie was a full-time mother for many years until she decided to continue her education with a degree in accounting. She soon realized she loved the medical field more, and she switched to the Surgical Technology program. She worked as a surgical assistant for eight years before wanting to do more. She loved being a part of the surgical team, so she enrolled in classes yet again to become a surgical first assistant. After completing coursework and 150 hours of clinical supervision, Bobbie joined the team at
Donaldson Plastic Surgery.

Bobbie is now a fixture at Donaldson Plastic Surgery – beloved by patients, co-workers and Dr. Donaldson alike. She has a reputation for being kind, knowledgeable, supportive, empathetic, and always going above and beyond in her approach to patient care. Come by and visit Bobbie anytime, unless she is helping in the operating room!



Graduate High School
Congrats! I hope you were the valedictorian, because you’re going to need a great GPA and stellar SAT / ACT score to get into a good university pre-med program. Don’t forget those extracurriculars because deans love well rounded kids!

Off to College
Taking the pre-med route or majoring in a hard science is a great idea, but isn’t necessary as long as you complete your med school pre-reqs. And remember, grades are more important than parties! The average GPA of those accepted to med school in 2012 was 3.68. Extracurriculars show your dedication, so try to volunteer or work in a hospital for at least a year.

Application Time
Before you can apply to medical school, you have to take the MCAT. The average MCAT score of those accepted to med school in 2012 was 31.2. Get recommendation letters from former professors and your superiors at any relevant jobs. In 2012, 43.11% of med school applicants were accepted.

Welcome to Medical School!
Congratulations, you made it this far! Good grades are vital to getting into a respectable residency program. Internships and residency have extremely limited allotments, so it’s important to excel in your studies.

Ace the USMLE
You must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination in order to practice in the U.S., so study hard! Steps 1, 2 CK and 2 CS are taken during medical school. You’ll take Step 3 after you’ve earned your MD. Step 1 is widely considered the hardest part of the exam, and while 94% of first time takers pass, those who have to retake Step 1 only have a 64% pass rate.

Become a Resident
After med school, you should apply to a residency program. You can choose the independent pathway, which includes completing a surgical residency before moving onto a plastic surgery residency or fellowship, or the integrated pathway, which combines general surgery and plastic surgery in a six-year program. There are very few plastic surgery programs, so it’s one of the most competitive residencies.

Do a Fellowship
Many residents choose to further their education with fellowships after completing their residencies. A future plastic surgeon may choose to sub-specialize in cosmetic surgery, hand surgery, craniofacial surgery, microsurgery, burn reconstruction or breast reconstruction. These highly competitive fellowships typically take one year to complete.

Join the Workforce
You can now practice as a cosmetic surgeon! Medical school loans can reach upwards of $250,000 and repayment begins after residency, so many new surgeons choose to join the workforce directly after completing their residencies.

Become Board-Certified
You’ll need to pass the American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification Test to earn the title of Plastic Surgeon. There are two parts to the exam. In 2012, the pass rate for the written exam was 86.6%, while the pass rate for the oral exam was 77.8%.

Good Luck!

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Why was this company started?
A: During my training, I studied successful practices in L.A., New York, Miami and Atlanta. I realized that Columbus needed a highly trained plastic surgeon with a sophisticated, patient-focused, boutique practice that makes people feel at ease. We are attentive, approachable and skilled at delivering results that rival any other in the country.

What was the turning point when you realized you were onto something?
A: Three years ago, my patient coordinator came to me exasperated because so many patients had requested surgery that we had run out of file folders. She used her lunch break to visit Staples so we could accommodate more new patients that afternoon.

Have you had to seek financing as you have grown?
A: We have been very fortunate to not need financing. We share space with another private practice, which has kept overhead in check.

What dangers are in growing too quickly?
A: Growth can dilute the brand if it is not carefully planned. The fundamental principles – in our case, safety, attentiveness, empathy, the doctor-patient relationship – must never be abandoned for the sake of growth. We emphasize that bigger is not necessarily better, but better is better. When the emphasis is on quality, not quantity, growth naturally follows.

Did you know any entrepreneurs growing up?
A: As a child and young adult, I counted physicians and business owners among my mentors. I admired the doctoring profession – particularly the surgical skill set – and at the same time I was enamored with the innovation and measurable accomplishments inherent to business ownership. I am lucky to have found both as a plastic surgeon.

What’s your recession lesson?
A: Keep the overhead low. In the short term, it is easier to manage costs than to increase revenue.