Meet Dr. McDonald

Dr. McDonald talks with Channel 3 about common foot issues, treatments, and when to seek care.

Get to know
Thomas McDonald,
MD, FAAOS

Known for his cowboy boots and easy, approachable bedside manner, Dr. Thomas McDonald is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in issues of the foot and ankle, including sports-related injuries; total ankle replacement; minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery; bunion and hammertoe reconstruction; tendon transfers; complex fracture care; and reconstructive surgery.

 

Although he is highly regarded and experienced, Dr. McDonald believes his greatest skill is getting to know his patients – listening to their stories and using those stories to help them regain their lives.

 

“If I had a superpower, it would be listening and understanding where my patients are coming from,” Dr. McDonald said. “From my conversations with them, I know that their foot and ankle issues are a lot about the pain, but also about the frustration of not being able to function.”

dr. thomas mcdonald with patient

Training and experience

Growing up in a military family, Dr. McDonald lived throughout many regions of the country. He spent most of his formative years in Tennessee, where he learned to appreciate “good food, good manners, and great people.” He then completed his undergraduate degree at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where he was selected as an All-American football player. His medical training took him from Memphis to Hartford to Dallas. His professional and volunteer activities have ranged from San Francisco to New York to Hanoi, Vietnam. 

 

“All these experiences have shaped my approach to patient care,” he explained. “No matter what our differences or from where we hail, we all approach our health with a similar intention – we want straightforward information with which to make informed, personalized decisions.”

dr. thomas mcdonald with patient

FOSTERING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

Dr. McDonald understands that injury, immobility, and pain are worrisome and stressful for his patients, and he enjoys helping them face this adversity, determine their goals, and craft personalized solutions that feel right for them.

 

“Either conservatively or surgically, my goal is always to help my patients understand their problem and put themselves in control of their pathway to healing and recovery,” he said.

 

When he’s not trying to help patients make good orthopedic decisions, Dr. McDonald spends most of my time trying to help his four children make good life decisions.

 

“Despite all my years of training, it is this educational experience that has taught me the most about life and happiness,” he said.

Education

Medical School:  University of Tennessee | Memphis, TN

Residency:  University of Connecticut | Farmington, CT

Fellowship:   Baylor University Medical Center, Foot and Ankle Fellowship | Dallas, TX

Professional Affiliations
  • Academy of Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • AAOS Disaster Preparedness Certified
  • AOFAS Humanitarian Committee
ARE YOU IN PAIN?
If you have a foot or ankle injury, Dr. McDonald can be your guide to getting you back on your feet. Click here to make an appointment.