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Paul E. Donat MD was born December 6, 1936 in Wichita, Kan. He passed away March 30, 2016 in Edmond, Okla., after a courageous 14-month battle with stomach cancer.
He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1954 and went on to graduate from UCO in 1958 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Math, English and History. After leaving UCO he went to OU Medical School where he received his doctorate in 1962. He completed his fellowship in Renal Metabolic and Urology.
He was Chief of Urology at the 8th field Hospital and Chief of Professional services in Vietnam from 1969-1970. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. Following his return from Vietnam he organized the first dialysis center at Baptist Hospital.
Dr. Donat started chronic dialysis in Oklahoma in 1963; introduced the Seldinger Technique of Arteriograms to Urology in 1964. After two years of research he presented Ultrasound of Prostate to Medicare and obtained approval for the District. He taught the 1st course in Oklahoma of Laprascopic Surgery to Urology Residents and Fellows and presented data on Perineal Prostatectomy and Laprascopic Node Biopsy at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
He taught Perineal Surgery at M.D. Anderson for two years as well as Laprascopic Node Biopsy and Perineal Prostrectomy in Sydney, Australia.
Recently the Urology Department at O.U. Medical Center awarded him the first recipient of the Pioneer in Urology. Dr. Donat was a licensed Physician in the State of Oklahoma for 53 years and spent 42 of those years teaching residents at the OU College of Medicine. He loved teaching and his patients. He has participated in over 6,000 Radical Perineal Prostatectomy (for cancer of the Prostate) during his career. He along with Bobby Gene Smith, Shelby Barnes were the founders of Urology Associates in Oklahoma City.
Paul was loved by all he met, and no one liked a good joke and could tell a joke better than him. He had an infectious laugh and tender way with his, family, patients and friends. Love of family came first with Paul, with his patients a very close second. He always said his patients were his family.
Dr. Donat is survived by his wife Anna of the home; son, Mark Donat of Oklahoma City; daughter, Lauren and Curtis West of Edmond; grandchildren, Finley, Vaughn, Walker and Anna; son, Casey Garrett, Dallas, Texas; and brother, Rudy and Bobbie Donat, of Shawnee, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Charlotte (Holotik) Donat; sister, Carolyn Hillerman, and nephew, Chris Donat.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City, with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to O.U. College of Medicine, Urology Department.
Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Edmond.
Published on March 31, 2016
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