Don has a B.A. (Anthropology) and M.D. from Toronto. He obtained his surgical qualification (FRCS) in England, where he served briefly as a medical officer with the British Special Air Service. “The India side of When Cobras Laugh is based on my 4 ½ years there as an orthopedic surgeon performing leprosy reconstructive surgery…and the mismatch I felt between the mission board’s policies and my view of God,” Don says. Back in Canada, he became Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, where he established the School of Anatomy and worked there for the next 30 years. He remains active in medical practice and pain research.