Radiologist Spotlight: Donald M. Allen, MD

In 2011, Newsletter, Physician Spotlight, Volume 3 Issue 1 by Addison Clark

When Dr. Donald Allen envisioned a career while growing up in Tallahassee, Florida, medicine was far off his radar. “I wanted to be an attorney,” he remembers. “My senior year in high school, I was part of a debate team that made it to the Southeastern finals. I was certain that law was my calling.”

That all changed when he started college at the University of Florida and developed an interest in medicine. He went on to graduate from the University of Miami Medical School in 1971, completing his internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital and his residency at the University of Virginia. After two years of service with the US Army, Dr. Allen joined Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF) in 1977. He is board-certified in diagnostic radiology, with a focus on women’s imaging.

Along with Ed Swager, RAF’s chief executive officer, Dr. Allen co-founded RAF’s Imaging Center for Women (ICW) in 1996. He served as physician director for the center until 2009, and was instrumental in envisioning and developing the new ICW that opened in July 2010. The center, a partnership between RAF and Mary Washington Healthcare, is located on the Mary Washington Hospital campus. ICW physicians see an average 150 imaging patients a day.

[box] “…we are finding cancers at a much earlier
stage—and helping patients take the next steps
toward life-saving treatment and recovery.”[/box]

“The new facility is the fulfillment of a vision we had for many years,” Dr. Allen noted. “We truly believe it ranks with the country’s best women’s imaging centers.”

Dr. Allen also was medical director during the development of three other important outpatient imaging centers: Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg on the Mary Washington Hospital campus, Medical Imaging at Lee’s Hill, and Medical Imaging of North Stafford.

Dr. Allen’s love of his profession has led him to service in a number of other capacities. He is past president of the medical staff of Mary Washington Hospital, the local medical society, and the Virginia Chapter of the American College of Radiology. He is a councilor and fellow in the American College of Radiology, and a member of the Eastern Radiological Society.

For more than three decades, Dr. Allen also has been involved in community service as a member of the Fredericksburg Rotary. In recent years he has developed a keen interest in national affairs, working on the congressional campaign of Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-1) and serving on the congressman’s First Congressional District Health Care Advisory Council.

On the home front, Dr. Allen enjoys golfing and gardening in the warm months and skiing in the cold ones. (Steamboat Springs, CO is a frequent destination.) A favorite pastime for all seasons is woodworking. From his basement workshop, he has crafted everything from bookcases to
bathroom vanities.

He and his wife, Carol, who have been married for 41 years, also enjoy spending time with their son, Paul Gregory Allen, daughter-in-law, Lissa Steves, and two granddaughters, Penelope Galt and Charlotte Elizabeth Allen, in San Antonio, TX; and daughter, April Elizabeth Sapp, and son-in-law, Jaime Sapp, in Winston-Salem, NC.

Dr. Allen now works half time at RAF, Sharing a job with Dr. George Fish. “It’s been a great way to transition into retirement without putting on the brakes,” he noted.

“My work means the world to me. So often, the patients we see have significant concerns about cancer. With mammograms and other screenings, we are finding cancers at a much earlier stage—and helping patients take the next steps toward life-saving treatment and recovery.”