David M. McDonald, PA was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and raised in scenic Anchorage, Alaska. He attended the University of Alaska Anchorage and graduated with Honors in the study of Biological Sciences before attending Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program in Glendale, Arizona and graduating with a Master’s in Medical Science.
During his training he completed rotations in Interventional Radiology at the Mayo Clinic, as well as rotations in Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Trauma. Many of these rotations were in a variety of locations including the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, Cache Valley, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and his home town of Anchorage, Alaska.
Upon graduating from the Physician Assistant program, Mr. McDonald chose to work in the rustic town of Wickenburg, Arizona, where he attended to Primary Care needs for infants to seniors as well as caring for the medical treatment of many ranchers and cowboys from the surrounding areas.
After working in Primary Care, Mr. McDonald chose to continue to pursue his passion for surgery by working for the very busy surgeons at the Arizona Center for Hand Surgery specializing in trauma, hand and reconstructive plastics. His duties included assisting with trauma call at four Trauma 1- Hospitals in the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area, as well as six other major Metropolitan hospitals. His areas of expertise included hand and upper extremity fractures, hand lacerations, finger replantation, hand replantation, muscle flaps, and skin grafts, as well as assisting in a very busy clinic seeing more than 200 patients per day. This practice provided an ideal environment to hone and further develop his surgical and patient care skills.
Currently, Mr. McDonald and his family are very proud to be counted among the great citizens of Pocatello, Idaho and enjoys participating in the great outdoor activities which living in Pocatello permits. His personal interests include spending time with his wife and four children, skiing, biking, soccer, hiking, swimming, and running.
Mr. McDonald continues to provide the very best care as a Surgical Physician Assistant at Portneuf Medical Center. He assists in a variety of surgical cases including Orthopedic, Hand Surgery, Sports Medicine, Neuro and Spine Surgery, Gynecologic, Urologic, Plastics, and a variety of other specialties as need arises.