Dr John D’Arcy O’Donnell AM MB BS, Dip Obst. RCOG is Australia’s original television doctor. He is positioned as the ‘most trusted and well-loved oracle of family medicine’ on Australian television has been earned over more than 30 years on our screens.
He studied medicine at The University of Sydney and has practiced far afield. In 1975 he worked as a doctor at The Holy Family Hospital at Qui Nhon in Vietnam where he and his wife, Wendy were evacuated just before the fall of Saigon.
He gained the Diploma of Obstetrics in the UK from the Royal College of Obstetricians and practiced on the Isle of Wight. John’s interest in medicine in developing countries saw him spend three years in general practice at Goroka in the highlands of PNG where he established its first private medical practice, providing quality medicine for all the region, both indigenous and expat.
He finally settled, as a family physician, in Sydney where he could see the community benefit of combining evidenced based medicine with a media presence.
In 2016, Dr John was included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for significant service to community health and education through a range of broadcast media roles, and to medicine as a general practitioner.