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Dr. John McDonald

As a sports medicine physician, John McDonald, MD specializes in hip, knee, and shoulder arthroscopy as well as general orthopedics.

A sports enthusiast all his life, Dr. McDonald encourages a team approach with shared decision making with each of his patients. From the very first appointment, an emphasis is placed on the patient’s values, preferences, goals, and expectations. A thorough discussion will also include the current and best scientific literature and Dr. McDonald’s opinion based on his extensive training and expertise. When patients, their families, physical therapists, and physicians all work together, the patient can achieve a quicker recovery and the success they desire through nonsurgical or surgical means.

Patients enjoy Dr. McDonald’s friendly, open, and personalized approach to care. He encourages questions and always takes the time to get to know his patients and thoroughly understand their concerns.

Dr. John McDonald is an active member of the teaching faculty of Dell Medical School’s Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program where he is working to advance the field of musculoskeletal care and training the next generation of physicians and surgeons. 

In addition to his fellowship training, Dr. McDonald received training in knee and shoulder surgery in Norwich, England.

Dr. McDonald has been voted by his peers to the Texas Monthly Super Doctors Rising Star list from 2017-2019 and to the Texas Monthly Super Doctors list in 2019-2022. He has been recognized as the Austin Fit Magazine Best Orthopaedic Surgeon in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2022. Dr. McDonald has also been on the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine National Research Committee from 2016-2020. Most recently, Dr. McDonald has been recognized by his local peers as an Austin Monthly Top Doctor in 2021 through 2023.