HISTORY OF THE IAN DONALD INTER-UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICAL ULTRASOUND:


The Ian Donald Inter-University School of Medical Ultrasound was founded in the year 1981, during the 4th European Congress on Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology held in Dubrovnik. During this Congress, a multidisciplinary group of enthusiasts met at the Inter-University Centre for Postgraduate Studies (IUC) and established an advanced course which was named after Professor Ian Donald and planned to have annual meetings within this unique institution.

The first Ian Donald course was held in 1982, co-organized by Professor Asim Kurjak and Professor George Kossoff, and was attended by 152 participants from 42 countries. Professor Ian Donald and his wife Alix attended the first 12 courses held at the School. After Professor George Kossoff’s retirement, Professor Frank Chervenak was named co-director.

Since its foundation, the School has organized numerous advanced courses in Dubrovnik and throughout the world. It is now an integral part of the Dubrovnik International University. In 2011 the School celebrated its 30th year of existence by organizing a Global Congress of Ian Donald School attended by many School directors and many of the previous lecturers.

Currently the School has around 85 branches worldwide. This permits the spread of knowledge throughout the world. Each Ian Donald branch has developed according to the character of the respective country and culture. This structure permits international cross-fertilization of ideas while remaining sensitive to the uniqueness of each participating country throughout the world. The first Chapter was organized in Trieste, Italy by Giampaolo Mandruzzato who coordinated three successful courses (1991, 1992, and 1993).

Prof. Ian Donald with the first generation of the students of the School in Dubrovnik, 1982

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first Ian Donald course was held in 1982, co-organized by Professor Asim Kurjak and Professor George Kossoff, and was attended by 152 participants from 42 countries. Professor Ian Donald and his wife Alix attended the first 12 courses held at the School. After Professor George Kossoff’s retirement, Professor Frank Chervenak was named co-director.