Faculty A-Z

Susan MacDonald

Associate Professor Medicine & Family Medicine MD, CCFP PC FCFP Founder, Palliative Medicine

Family Medicine Medicine

Tel: 709-777-8070


LA Miller Centre, Room 360 100 Forest Road St John's, NL A1A 1E5 CANADA

What brought me to MUN? What Keeps Me at MUN?

I came to NL primarily because I had done an elective here as a medical student and fell in love with the island. When an opportunity to return on a full time basis arose after my training at Harvard, I jumped at the chance. MUN has been a supportive environment: I have great colleagues, great students and great mentors.


BScN - MacMaster
MD - McMaster
CCFP - Queen’s
Palliative Medicine – U of Alberta
Palliative Medicine - Harvard

Research/Teaching Summary:

Her research interests cover symptom management, the utilization of electronic media and healthcare provision. She is a spokesperson for palliative care and discusses the subject of Hastened Death in National forums. She is an award winning educator in the Undergraduate Medical program at Memorial University, as the primary teacher of Palliative Care in all four years. She teaches at the postgraduate level in both Family Medicine as well as Medicine Residency programs. She is involved at a provincial and national level with committees in Palliative care and the College of Family Physicians. Currently she is the President of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians. She is a member of the Board of the NL College of Physicians and Surgeons.


2007 ISD II Teacher of the Year Award
2012 ISD II Teacher of the Year Award
2014 Dr Wallace Ingram Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching
2009 Highest Ranked ISD II Course
2011 Highest Ranked ISD II Course
2012 Highest Ranked ISD II Course
2013 Highest Ranked ISD II Course