Dr. Donald A. Kirk, a doctor at LDS Hospital known for his compassionate care and loyalty to his patients during his nearly 40-year career in medicine, is the newest member in the LDS Hospital Hall of Honor.
A portrait of Kirk, an obstetrician/gynecologist who retired in 1987, will hang in the hospital's Hall of Honor, which recognizes community and medical leaders who have shared significant personal time or financial resources with the hospital.A recent anonymous gift has funded the Dr. Donald A. Kirk Endowment Fund for Clinical Care and Research at LDS Hospital. It has been established through the LDS Hospital-Deseret Foundation to support clinical research in behalf of the doctor's many years of dedicated service.
During his career, Kirk spent his days and nights at the hospital caring for his patients. For 25 years, he didn't take a vacation. He offered his patients access to his services around the clock. Many times, he made house calls just to see that a patient was doing well. He also ran a private clinic for American Indians and would deliver their babies, give them diapers and basic child-care items, then drive them home.
He was also one of the first physicians in Utah to advocate that women have a yearly pap smear. Shortly after those recommendations were made, the pap smear became a component of the routine examination.