Dr. McDonald grew up in North Carolina, where she stayed to complete her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science & Policy at Duke University. Prior to attending medical school at the University of North Carolina, she spent a year living and working abroad, which sparked her interest in global health. While in medical school, she took a year to complete an MPH in global health at Harvard, which further solidified her interest in developing health systems to support vulnerable populations abroad. When it finally came time to choose a residency, she moved to Seattle to join the Swedish Family as a resident at DFM.
After graduating, she stayed in Seattle to complete the Global Health Fellowship at UW. During this year, she was able to spend time in Peru, earning her Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. After what felt like a lifetime of training, she joined the Global Health Service Partnership and spent the next two and a half years working to develop the first family medicine training program in Malawi. She joined the faculty in 2017, and now facilitates the Global Health rotation for residents – splitting her time between Seattle and Malawi.
Her interests in medicine include – medical education, global health, point-of-care ultrasound, maternal child health, and health disparities. Her interests outside of medicine include hiking, listening to live music, travel, dancing, being on the water, and her dog, Chembe.