Dr. Mac Donald is a Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery.
Dr. Mac Donald’s research is focused on advanced MRI methods and the application of these imaging methods to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and neurodegenerative disease. Her current research includes advanced neuroimaging evaluation of mild traumatic brain injury in the US military, severe brain injury in adult civilians, and the distribution of brain injury in children with particular emphasis on comorbid mental health conditions following concussion. She also leads efforts in high resolution imaging for direct radiological- pathological correlations of TBI and aging via cadaveric imaging and in excised human brain specimens. She has for many years conducted large scale, multi-center, international clinical research studies in the United States, Italy, Germany, and Afghanistan.
Doctorate of Philosophy
Landstuhl Regional Army Medical Center, Germany