Dr. McDonald, born in Chicago, Illinois, received her medical degree from
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1976, followed by an
internship at Lenox Hill Hospital and ophthalmology residency at Manhattan Eye
Ear and Throat Hospital/Cornell, both in New York City. She finished her training in
1981 after a fellowship in corneal and external diseases with Dr. Herbert E.
Kaufman at the LSU Medical School in New Orleans.
From 1981 Dr. McDonald held tenure at LSU Medical School and became
Full Professor of Ophthalmology, Director of the Corneal Service, and Chairman
of Promotions and Tenure before she established the Southern Vision Institute in
New Orleans in 1994. She joined the Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island in
Lynbrook, NY, in 2006. Currently, she is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at
New York University in Manhattan and a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at
Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans. She is a staff physician at
Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital; TLC in Garden City, NY; Island Eye
Surgicenter in Carle Place, NY; and Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, NY.
She has been active in research having been PI on several NEI R01 research
grants. She was instrumental in the development of several refractive surgical
procedures including epikeratophakia, synthetic keratophakia, epi-LASIK, and
conductive keratoplasty (CK). Her current research continues to focus on
refractive surgery and dry eye treatments.
For her pioneering work in refractive surgery that also included
development and performance of the first excimer laser procedure in patients,
she has received over 90 professional recognition awards including the ISRK Lans
Distinguished Refractive Surgeon Lecture, the ISRK/AAO Barraquer Lecture, the
AAO Whitney Sampson Lecture, the AAO Binkhorst Lecture, and the ASCRS
Steinert Lecture. She serves on numerous Editorial Boards of clinical and scientific
journals and is an active member of multiple national and international
professional societies that have accorded recognition including: Honorary
President, Founding Member, International Association of Women Eye Surgeons;
President, Association of Women Eye Surgeons; President, ASCRS; President,
ISRS/AAO; and President, International Society for Contact Lens Research. She has
over 1,800 publications and a number of patents in the fields of cornea and
refractive surgery. Dr. McDonald was also recently named one of America’s Best Eye Doctors in 2021 by Newsweek.
Dr. McDonald lives in Port Washington, NY, with her husband. She enjoys
tennis, swimming, and walking. She has been active in a number of local and
national charitable organizations.