Michael D. McDonald, M.D.

Dr. Michael McDonald is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of shoulder, hip, and knee problems. He has a special interest in reconstructive shoulder surgery including total shoulder and reverse total shoulder replacement, revision total shoulder replacement as well as arthroscopic reconstructions for shoulder dislocations and rotator cuff tears. He also has extensive experience in hip and knee replacement as well as knee arthroscopy. Dr. McDonald has been practicing with Northwest Orthopedic Specialists since 2009.

After graduating from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah with his Bachelor of Science degree, Dr. McDonald received his medical degree at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed a general surgery internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He then practiced orthopedics surgery in St. Paul, Minnesota for 9 years before moving to Spokane, Washington to join Northwest Orthopedic Specialists

When not seeing patients, Dr. McDonald enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, fly fishing, skiing, and cycling.

Dr. McDonald is currently the Medical Director of the Total Joint program at Valley Hospital.



The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 1986–1990

Medical School

University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, 1990–1994


  • General Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1993–1994
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Chief Resident Research Award, 1995–1999


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2001

Team Affiliations

  • Freeman High School

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Spokane County Medical Society
  • North Pacific Orthopaedic Society

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

  • MultiCare Deaconess Hospital
  • MultiCare Valley Hospital
  • Lincoln County Hospital
  • Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center
  • The Orthopaedic Surgery Center

Medical Interests


  • Health East Orthopedic Seminar "Distal Tibia and Ankle Fractures" – 2004
  • St. Joseph's Hospital Grand Rounds "Evaluation and Management of Rotator Cuff Disorders" – 2003
  • "Posterior Instability in Athletes" chief resident research award paper – 1999
  • Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, Boston, MA "Methods of Analyzing Creep and Wear in Joint Replacement" – 1994

Patient Reviews

“Greatest bedside manners ever. He was so kind at all times to both myself and family before and after both of my knee replacements. I would recommend Dr. McDonald to my family and friends.” — Diane S.

“I appreciated the quick and courteous office staff. Dr. McDonald addressed my issues and clearly explained my options. I was able to have all my questions answered and felt that Dr. McDonald listened to my concerns. I felt informed and had a clear plan of my care plan. Thank you!” — Margaret C.

“I was seen by Dr. McDonald. He was very knowledgeable, and his nurse was just as good. I did not feel pressured to finish quickly—he took his time to answer my questions. It was a good experience.” — Katherine M.

“My first visit and I was very impressed. He was very informative and I appreciate his alternative to surgery at this time. Thank you.” — Sharon G.

“We always get good care with Dr. McDonald and staff. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. And our appointments are always pretty much on time. People need to realize that doctors have other patients and can sometimes be late.” — Roger and Evelyn O.