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Rona MacKie

Born 1940, Dundee, Scotland.

An award winning dermatologist who demonstrated the dangers of using melanoma patients as transplant donors.

Connection to the University of Glasgow: Honorary Graduate, Professor
GU Degrees: MB ChB, 1963; MD, 1970; DSc, 1994;

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The following achievements are associated with Rona MacKie:

Evidence against the use of organ transplantation from melanoma patients
Rona Mackie’s work on melanoma has been highly received across the world, and in the field of transplantation has influenced practice with former melanoma patients in Europe and North America.

First female chair of Dermatology in the UK
Rona Mackie became in 1978 the first female Professor of Dermatology in the UK, and within the University of Glasgow, the first woman to be appointed to an established chair.


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Rona MacKie (1940- ) was the first woman to be appointed to an established chair in the University. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine with a major interest in melanoma.

Born in Dundee, MacKie is the daughter of Norman Davidson, Gardiner Professor of Biochemistry at the University from 1947 to 1972. She was educated at schools in Aberdeen, London and latterly Laurel Bank School for Girls in Glasgow. This was followed by study at the University as holder of the Oliphant Bursary in Medicine. She graduated MB ChB in 1963 and in 1970 was awarded the degree of MD with commendation.

MacKie became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1971. She was a consultant dermatologist with Greater Glasgow Health Board from 1972 to 1978. Prior to her appointment as Professor of Dermatology in 1978, she was an Honorary Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Dermatology.

In 1983, MacKie became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in 1998 she was a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. She was awarded a DSc by the University in 1994 and the British Association of Dermatologists awarded her the Sir Archibald Grey Gold Medal in 1999.

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