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Department of Family Medicine


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Margaret Donat, MD

Professor, Director of the Family Medicine Residency Training Program

Department of Family Medicine

  • About

Dr. Donat joined the faculty of the Department of Family Practice at SUNY Downstate in December 2002. As Assistant Professor, Dr. Donat initially assumed two important roles in the department. From December 2002 until June 2005, she served as pre-doctoral coordinator for the department and as the course director for the new Family Practice Clerkship; second, she was the medical director for the Family Practice Center (University Hospital, Suite B). In June 2005 she was appointed director of the Family Medicine Residency Training Program.

Since joining the faculty in 2002, Dr. Donat has cared for a large and diverse panel of patients, many of whom suffer from chronic hypertension, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia, often combined with coronary heart disease, renal insufficiency and congestive heart failure.

Like many of her faculty colleagues, Dr. Donat first distinguished herself in the Family Medicine Residency Training Program, which she completed in July 2001, and she remained at Downstate to complete a fellowship in Women's Health the following year. In mid-2002, she accepted a position as an Attending Physician in the Department of Family Medicine at Brookdale Hospital Center, where she provided primary care to a diverse group of patients. Within a few months, Dr. Donat returned to Downstate to accept a faculty appointment in the SUNY Downstate Department of Family Practice.

Dr. Donat is a member of various organizations and associations. She is the President of the Kings County Chapter of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the New York State Academy of Family Physicians from 2004 to 2007, where she also served as a delegate to the congress and a member of the membership committee. Dr. Donat is the Presiding Officer of the Centerwide Committee of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and she is also a member of the GME Committee at Downstate. She serves as the treasurer for the Aesclepius Medical Society and is a member of the Executive Committee. She is co-Chair of her Medical School Alumni Association. She is also a member of the American Medical Association and the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad.

Dr. Donat has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Kings County Hospital Center's Community Service Award in both 2001 and 2006, the Residency Program Director's Award for Superb Performance, the Scientific Research Assembly of the American Academy of Family Physicians (June 2001 and June 2002), and the Aesclepius Medical Society's Achievement Award for 2003. In June 2006, she was the first physician to be recognized by University Hospital as the "Employee of the Month".

Despite her demanding workload, Dr. Donat has also found time to organize and participate in many health fairs and research studies. She conducted a study on Knowledge, Attitude, and Behavior of Haitian Immigrants in NYC in regard to Pap Testing which was presented at the New York State Academy of Family Physicians Research Forum. In collaboration with several colleagues, she also conducted an investigation which culminated in a presentation entitled: "Guidelines for the Interaction between Family Practice Residents and Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives. Dr. Donat is currently involved in a study on Rheumatoid Arthritis. Dr. Donat has also been very active in conducting research with the members of the Brooklyn Disparity Center here at Downstate on different topics and has published an article: Resistant hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea in the primary-care setting. Int J Hypertens 2011; 2011:340929.

As a young minority academic physician and Residency Program Director, Dr. Donat is highly motivated to conduct research in areas that serve the needs of the residents and patients. One of her primary missions is to educate the residents to conduct clinical research, write grants, and publish research results. She considers it very important that she serves as an effective role model for the residents.