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During medical school, Tyler McDonald, M.D., realized he had a passion for treating children’s medical needs.

Published Oct 4th, 2021

By Brittany Otis

Tyler McDonald, M.D., a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at USA Health, pursued different career paths while in medical school.

“I went to school for dentistry but wanted to study more of the body,” McDonald said. “I love science, and I love talking to people and am interested to know more about them, so I studied different fields to see what fit best.”

During medical school, McDonald learned he had a passion for helping children.

“I was excited to work with the pediatric consults and felt led to care for children,” he said. “My interest is spine care, but I enjoy treating any pediatric medical needs.”

While at an academic health system, McDonald, who is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the USA College of Medicine, hopes to further his clinical research in pediatric spine health.

“There are exceptional providers at USA Health who are working toward this goal, and I’m excited to work with them to help educate parents and children about spine health,” he said.

McDonald earned a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He completed residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, and a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

To schedule an appointment with McDonald, call the USA Health Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at 251-665-8200.

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