Donna was born Sept. 17, 1954 in San Diego, Ca. while her father was in the Navy. At the age of 6 months the family moved to Oklahoma where she grew up. Her dad became a member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, while her mother worked in factories and later as a unit secretary in hospitals. Late in life her mother received her GED and went on to become an RN.
Self motivated and disciplined, Donna began working at the age of 13 and continued all through High School. She worked hard and put herself through college, graduate school and medical school where she gained AOA status as a result of her academic achievements. After her B.S. in Nursing from Central State University, she moved from Oklahoma to Texas. She completed a Masters in Nursing Degree from TWU at Dallas and then worked for over a decade as a full time nurse in critical and intensive care facilities.
Inwardly driven to upgrade her capacities for serving the sick and the elderly, Donna decided to pursue a career in medicine and in 1989 and she graduated with honors from Texas Tech. She chose a rigorous surgical internship in Dallas, which she says was one of the greatest times in her life. She then moved to Houston, for a residency in Ophthalmology at UTHSC and earned the distinction of Outstanding Resident, and was given the Morton award. During this period she was also an active contributor to a variety of medical journals and publications and distinguished herself as a top presenter at conferences.
Donna didn’t confine her drive and ambition to personal achievement. She is a woman of faith and has cheerfully volunteered her talent, serving in Nicaragua as a student and then as an ophthalmologist, performing eye surgeries yearly, in Ghana, West Africa from 1993-2000. She gained a sense of international purpose while restoring lost vision to hundreds of individuals. “The people would say thank you to God first and then thank me. This recognition of where the blessing originated just invigorated my desire to help the people of West Africa”
She is boarded in Ophthalmology by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and boarded in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS. “I chose Emergency Medicine as a full time practice and ophthalmology as an avenue to help the blind or of low vision internationally.” Currently she is the Medical Director of two Emergency Medicine Rooms. “The emergency room is both an exciting and tough experience. But it’s one that prepares me to move right into politics because the work is all about providing quality service for people, just doing it in a split second,” says Dr. Campbell with a smile, and she adds “I do the reading long before I am in an emergency situation!”
Dr. Campbell did have the opportunity to serve as Precinct Secretary, Precinct 62 Lubbock, Texas (1985 – 1986) and going on to become a Full delegate for Texas (1986 Texas State Republican Convention).