J. Donald Easton, MD, was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Medicine and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Easton completed his internship in medicine and residency in neurology at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and assumed his first academic appointment at the University of California at San Diego. In 1986 he was appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Rhode Island Hospital and Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In January 2010 Dr. Easton joined our faculty in the Department of Neurology at UCSF to work with Dr. Clay Johnston on his NIH-funded POINT (Platelet-Oriented Inhibition in New TIA and minor ischemic stroke) trial.
Dr. Easton has been a Director of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, a Councilor of the American Neurological Association, an officer of the Association of University Professors of Neurology, Chairman of the Residency Review Committee for Neurology, Chairman of the American Heart Association Stroke Council, Chairman of the Neurological Disorders Program, Project Review Committee-A at the NIH, and a member of the NIH Advisory Council for the Neurological Institute.
Dr. Easton has served on numerous Steering, Advisory, Organizing and Monitoring Committees for many clinical trials and congresses. He also has served on the editorial boards of many journals. He has published more than 300 journal articles, books, chapters & miscellaneous publications.
He is an honorary member of the Stroke Society of Australasia, the Austrian Society for Stroke Research, the Belgian Stroke Society, the Brazilian Society of Cerebrovascular Diseases and the Mexican Association of Cerebral Vascular Disease.