Involved with Interplast since its establishment in 1983, Professor Donald R Marshall AM is Interplast’s past president of 16 years and inaugural patron.

A plastic surgeon with over 40 years’ experience, his reputable clout in the industry is celebrated through the awarding of the distinguished Prince Henry’s medal for his outstanding contribution to the field of plastic surgery. Professor Marshall has also been awarded the Medal and International Medal of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and, in 1999, was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Having been appointed Head of Plastic Surgery at Prince Henry’s Hospital and later Monash Medical Centre, where he established the training program in plastic surgery, Professor Marshall’s achievements extended into education, where he adopted the role of Associate Professor of Surgery at Monash University. His contribution to head and neck cancer surgery repair and breast reconstruction following mastectomy, in particular, has seen him widely cited, published and respected.

Professor Marshall’s approach to development and purpose for Interplast remains true today. “The key to Interplast’s success is respect for our in-country partners…offering to help, but only when invited,” he once said.

Professor Marshall sadly passed away in December 2018, but his legacy will continue not only in every program that Interplast delivers, but also through the annual Marshall International Scholarship.