Douglas Macfarlan, otolaryngologist, was born in Philadelphia on 14 Oct. 1886. He was the son of
physician Malcolm Macfarlan. Macfarlan died in Ardmore, Pa., on 12 Sept. 1966. Macfarlan attended the
University of Pennsylvania, receiving his B.S. in 1908 and M.D. in 1911. He opened his private practice in
Philadelphia in 1913. Macfarlan became the head of otolaryngological services at Pennsylvania,
Graduate, and Presbyterian Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also taught
otolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine and established "speechhearing"
testing clinics in Philadelphia’s public schools. Macfarlan was elected to fellowship in the College of
Physicians of Philadelphia in 1943 and was chairman of the Section on Otolaryngology. He was also a
member and president of the Philadelphia Otolaryngological Society.