DUNDEE, OR, June 25, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Donald R. Olson, MD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Olson celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Olson, a retired neurosurgeon who practiced medicine for nearly 50 years, now focuses much of his time at his vineyard as the owner and founder of Torii Mor Winery. Producing a variety of red, white and dessert wines in the Willamette Valley area of Oregon since 1993, he has grown his business over the years from just 1,000 cases of wine annually to approximately 10,000 annually today. Torii Mor Winery, which was named based on the philosophy of respecting the earth, while also creating balanced wines that are high quality in taste, grows its grapes on the Dundee Hills of Oregon, the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Oregon and the Chehalem Mountains AVA in northwestern Oregon, as well as in the Rogue Valley of southern Oregon. The name torii is notably an ancient Scandinavian word for earth. It is also the name of a Japanese style gate located at the entrance of Japanese shrines as a symbol of entering something sacred.
Having earned distinction for a professional career in medicine that began in the early 1970s, Dr. Olson maintained his own private practice in clinical neurosurgery and micro-neurosurgery between 1971 and 1993. Working as a consultant and a staff member at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, he subsequently worked for more than two decades in academia. Likewise, Dr. Olson held faculty positions at the University of Nevada Medical School in Reno and the University of California Medical School in San Francisco, where he taught various surgery and neurosurgery courses and was a courtesy staff member in the department of neurosurgery at Oregon Health Science University for several years, beginning in 2001.
A committed civic advocate, Dr. Olson first enlisted in the military as a captain in the U.S. Air Force between 1962 and 1964 and was an ambassador to the Czech Republic, Digneron d' Honneur Compagnons du Bordeaux before serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Becoming involved in politics during the 1980s, he was a charter member of the Republican Presidential Task Force and the Republican National Council during 1983 and 1984, respectively. He was also aligned with the Republican Senatorial Inner Circle and the President's Club of the Republican National Committee during 1984. Additionally, Dr. Olson served as a trustee for the Truckee Meadows Community College Foundation between 1987 and 1988.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Olson received both a Bachelor of Science in 1958 and a Doctor of Medicine in 1961. He subsequently undertook a residency in general surgery in 1965 and a residency in neurological surgery in 1969 at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, followed by a residency in neuropathology in 1966 at the Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of Illinois, in Chicago. Years later, Dr. Olson returned to college, acquiring a Master of Business Administration at George Fox University in 1996. Eminently qualified in his field, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pain Medicine.
Aligned with several organizations relative to his medical career, Dr. Olson is most notably a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the International College of Surgeons, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the North America Spine Society and the American College of Physical Executives. Among other organizations, he is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in London and a founding member of the Neurological Society of Nevada. To support his winery business, Dr. Olson is an active member of the Oregon Wine Brotherhood.
Throughout his career as a physician, Dr. Olson was fortunate to participate in fellowships at the University of Paris between 1970 and 1971, the University of Washington during 1987 and the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center in the department of neurology during 1989. Throughout his career, he conducted extensive research in his field as well, contributing articles to various scholarly journals and presenting often in his area of expertise. A celebrated Marquis listee, Dr. Olson has been cited in the 55th through 58th editions of Who's Who in America, the second and third editions of Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare and the eighth through 10th editions of Who's Who in Science and Engineering.
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