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Professor Donald Chisholm

Emeritus Fellow

Professor Donald Chisholm AO returned to Garvan in 1978 after an earlier initiation to research at the Institute from 1968-1969; on return he advanced Professor Ted Kraegen’s insulin delivery device for hospital use. He was head of the Diabetes Research Program from 1978 to 2003 and was foundation director of the Diabetes Centre at St Vincent’s Hospital from 1980 to 1991.

Donald has authored over 250 papers and notes that one of his most satisfying career achievements was his involvement in the growth and development of the Diabetes Research Program, now the Diabetes and Metabolism Division.

In 1999, he was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to medicine and medical research as a leader in the fields of diabetes research, patient care, medical education and the organisation of medical services. The key research goal of Donald’s team is to identify the molecular mechanisms by which visceral fat (fat tissue near the abdominal organs) generates insulin resistance.


  • 2002Kellion Award - Australian Diabetes Society
  • 1999Officer - General Division of the Order of Australia
  • 1998The College Medal; Awarded for outstanding service to the College by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • 1995Sir Kempson Maddox Award; Diabetes Australia (NSW)

Selected publications

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