Professor David Muckart was born in Perth, Scotland in 1953 and completed undergraduate medical training at the University of Dundee in 1977. Thereafter he undertook surgical training in Glasgow, obtaining the FRCS (Glasgow) in 1981. He spent a year in South Africa 1982-83 at King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban where he de-veloped an interest in trauma and critical care and re-turned to South Africa to complete his surgical training in 1985 assuming the position of head of critical care in 1990. He completed his Master’s Thesis in 1998 on mathematical modelling for the prediction of outcome in the critically injured which was awarded cum laude by the University of Natal, receiving the Medal for Excellence in Research from the university the same year. In 1999 he was appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, served as the President of the Trauma Society of Southern Africa between 1999 – 2001, and was elected an Associate of the College of Surgeons of South Africa in 2001. The President’s Award of the Critical Society of Southern Africa was bestowed upon him in 2007 for excellence in critical care and in the same year he established the Level I Trauma Unit and Trauma Intensive Care Unit at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban and is currently the Chief Surgeon and Director of Trauma Critical Care.
Professor Muckart has published more than 80 papers in peer reviewed journals, contributed numerous chapters to books on trauma and critical care, and delivered more than 100 lectures and papers at national and international meetings.