Donald "Mr. Conservative" May, MD, FACS
Donald R. May was born in Northern Illinois. He was raised on his family’s ancestral farm, which he and his wife Jane still operate. They are members of the Lutheran church founded by his ancestors in 1849. He and his wife Jane also attend the First United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas.
His wife Jane was born in California and raised on her family’s ancestral ranch, which she and her sister still operate. She is Past President of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Faculty Women’s Club and the Lubbock-Crosby-Garza Medical Society Alliance. She has served on numerous boards and organizations at the local, state, and national levels.
Dr. May received a BS, with High Honors and Distinction in Microbiology, in 1968 from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and his MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, in 1972. He was an intern at the Northwestern University Memorial Hospitals in Chicago. He completed his residency in ophthalmology in 1976 and a fellowship in retina surgery in 1977, both at the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary in Chicago.
He was a Major in the United States Air Force and was on active duty at the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, 1977-79. He founded the Retina/Vitreous/Ocular Trauma Service at Wilford Hall. He received the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Dr. May has been on the faculties of the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, the University of California, Tulane University, and Texas Tech Health Sciences University.
He was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and subsequently Associate Dean at the Texas Tech School of Medicine. He was a full professor in the Department of Health Organization Management and taught MBA students.
In 1980, Dr. May was invited as the first foreigner to perform modern vitreoretinal surgery in the People’s Republic of China. He returned to China three additional times to teach vitreoretinal and ocular trauma surgery.
He has taught vitreoretinal and ocular trauma surgery throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, China, India, and Western Europe. Dr. May served for 25 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the World Eye Foundation.
He has served in administrative capacities and on the boards of organizations from the local to the international level, including two years as President of the United States Eye Injury Registry.
He has authored more than 100 scientific publications and has given more than 200 scientific presentations at national and international meetings.
Dr. May was a member of the Lubbock Board of Health from 2003 to 2009. He has been reappointed to the Lubbock Board of Health to serve from May 2011.
Dr. May is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of numerous professional societies including The Retina Society, The Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces, and the American Farm Bureau Federation. He lectures on terrorism, medical economics, politics and religious issues, and other current topics.
Dr. May served as President of the Board of the Lubbock International Cultural Center, Inc. (Center for Global Understanding). As a Board member, Dr. May has brought speakers to Lubbock including Dick Morris, former political advisor to President Clinton; the Honorable Edwin Meese III, Attorney General under President Reagan; Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal; and James Jay Carafano, PhD, military and counterterrorism expert with the Heritage Foundation.
Dr. May is a member of The Greater Lubbock Area Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and American Legion Post # 575.
Dr. May was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2003 Special Election for the Texas 19th District.
Dr. May was a delegate to the 2007 Texas Presidential Straw Poll.
He was the keynote speaker at the 2006 Lubbock County Republican Convention. The title of his presentation was “Health Care Politics: Facts, Fiction, and Opportunities.”
He and his wife were delegates to the 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010 Lubbock County Republican Conventions and Texas Republican Conventions.
Dr. May was one of the speakers at the 2007 Pachyderm National Convention in Wichita, Kansas. The title of his presentation was “One Nation Under God -- The Return to Our Constitution,” a validation of the solid religious foundations of the Constitution of the United States of America.
Dr. May was a Texas 19th Congressional District Delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Dr. May has helped to organize companies, corporations, and investment groups for the development and sales of products including monoclonal antibodies armed with selenium for the management of infections, cancers, and potential terrorist threats. He is a partner in Selenium, Ltd, which develops selenium armed monoclonal antibodies and surface coatings for the management and prevention of infections, cancers, and potential terrorist threats. Selenium, Ltd. has developed selenium armed surface coatings designed to kill and protect against infectious agents.
He is an investor in CSG International, Inc., which markets nanoparticle titanium dioxide catalysts that remove airborne volatile organic chemicals and pathogens from the air. This equipment can remove organic material from the air, including pathogens spread by terrorists. This equipment is in place in military, government, and other public and private buildings in the United States, Canada, Britain, Egypt, Kuwait, China, and other countries. CSGI is currently scheduled to install some of its protective catalytic equipment in Buckingham Palace in 2011.
A third venture is a company that markets and installs high frequency and LED lighting for fine art and great buildings. This company, Concept Lighting International, LLC, is based in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. May’s partner, Peter Byrne, developed the technology at Buckingham Palace. The lighting is used to illuminate the artwork and the private and public areas of the Palaces and Royal Residences of Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince Charles. Peter Byrne installed lighting in the British Parliament and the Great Hall at Oxford, familiar to many as a frequent setting used in the Harry Potter movies. Peter Byrne also illuminated the clock faces of Big Ben in 1991.