Dr. Thomas A. McDonald

Dr. Thomas A. McDonald

Specialties

Foot & Ankle

Biography

I have been fortunate to live and train throughout many regions of our country. I spent most of my formative years in Tennessee, where I learned to appreciate good food, good manners, and great people. I completed my undergraduate degree at the College of the Holy Cross, where I was selected as an All-American football player. My medical training took me from Memphis to Hartford to Dallas, and my professional and volunteer activities have ranged from San Francisco to New York to Hanoi, Vietnam.

All of these experiences have shaped my approach to patient care. No matter what our differences or from where we hail, we all approach our health with similar intention – we want straightforward information with which to make informed, personalized decisions.

Injury, immobility, and pain are worrisome and stressful. Professionally, there is nothing I enjoy more than helping people face this adversity, determine their goals, and craft personalized solutions that feel right for them. Either conservatively or surgically, my goal is always to help you understand your problem and put you in control of your pathway to healing and recovery.

I am interested and trained in all aspects of foot and ankle reconstruction, from toe malalignment to sports injuries to complex reconstruction of arthritic, diabetic, and neurologic deformities. My surgical treatments cover a wide range of options including total ankle replacement, minimally invasive soft tissue and forefoot procedures, arthroscopic treatment of sports injuries, and complex reconstructive and limb salvage procedures.

When I’m not trying to help patients make good orthopedic decisions, I spend most of my time trying to help my four children make good life decisions. Despite all my years of training, it is this educational experience that has taught me the most about life and happiness.

Click here for an interview with Dr. McDonald where he discusses his background and areas of interest.

Education

Medical School:University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, 2005-2006
Residency:University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT, 2000-2005
Fellowship:Baylor University Medical Center, Foot and Ankle Fellowship, Dallas, TX, 1996-2000
 

Curriculum Vitae

Hospital Affiliations

Hartford Hospital Bone and Joint Institute

Orthopedic Associates Surgery Center

St. Francis Joint Replacement Institute

Baystate Medical Center

Patient Feedback

  • Great doctor! My husband had him for knee surgery!
  • He did a great job fixing my daughter’s severely broken foot in 2013!!!
  • ❤ him! He did surgery on my ankle. So kind and a wonderful doctor.
  •  He is the Best!! He did amazing surgery on my foot. Understanding and really helpful through the surgery and afterward. I will have my other foot done by him. Thank you for your help.
  • You are lucky to have him. Great doctor. Made significant improvements for me. Congratulations on the new position. I hope you will be happy. Keep rocking the boots.
  • Not only is he an amazing doctor, but he is the most genuine person.
  • One of the nicest most qualified doctors I know. We wish him a very successful new chapter in his life.
  • He is the Best!! He did amazing surgery on my foot. Understanding and really helpful through the surgery and afterwards. I will have my other foot done by him.
  • He is the best foot and ankle surgeon and a great doc. I can vouch for that as I worked with him for 10 years!!
  • He is the BEST !! Amazing to work with and amazing with his patient!
  • Good luck Doctor! I will see you soon
  • He is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!
  • Lucky to have him!
  • He’s awesome! He did midfoot fusion on my foot and did a great job!
  • Super excited for him but so very sad to see him leave us at NEOS.
  • Twice I had to have a neuroma removed from my foot. Finally I found Dr. Mcdonald. He did the surgery and it was perfect. No problems years later.
  • Dr M. operated on my daughter when he first came to the area. He is top notch.
  • He is amazing! Operated on my husband and thrilled to report he is doing amazingly well!
  • He is an amazing doctor!!! We wish him only the best in this new position.
  • Great orthopedic surgeon, I will follow him if I need another foot surgery.
  • Should I need his services again, I will be going to Enfield. Absolutely the best!!!
  • Great for him, Sad for me. I suffered for years with my plantar fasciitis. He fixed me up perfectly. I just wanted to give him a big hug for the relief he gave me but not with this social distancing. But one day I will.
  • He’s an amazing doctor he did my 2 surgeries so very nice and a kind person.
  • He is a very compassionate person who always took the time to explain everything to make you feel very comfortable with the care you needed. I think he was more disappointed than I was when my surgery was not a success. I will forever be grateful for the care I received from him. Good luck with your new endeavor!!
  • We will miss Dr. McDonald. I’ve worked with him at Baystate Orthopedic surgery center and have a lot of respect for him. I wish him the best of luck.
  • Dr. McDonald is a fantastic surgeon, as well as patient and caring physician. I had the pleasure of working with him and am so happy to hear he will be joining OAH. It is such a privilege to have him on board.
  • He is great when I had a total ankle replacement 6 years ago.
  • He did my foot surgery. Reconstructive. Love him. Amazing bedside manner. Very caring and passionate with his patients. Can’t say enough about him.
  • He fixed my Achilles’ tendon issue. Pain free. It was changing into bone. He was honest about the recovery time, that I would have a limp, and maybe plantar fasciitis, but neither compares to being in constant pain from the Achilles. If my other foot does the same thing I would go back to him in a heartbeat and have referred several other patients to him since my surgery.
  • Amazing Doctor! My daughter saw him multiple times due to sports injuries. He was amazing!
  • He did my husband’s two very complicated foot surgeries and my nephew’s very seriously ankle surgery. He is amazing and a really nice man to top it off. Best of luck to him.
  • He’s great. Very nice addition. Welcome home Tom, I can’t wait to see you around these parts again.
  • He is the best!!! I’m going to miss you Dr. McDonald it was a pleasure knowing you and working for you!!  
  • He did my foot…what a sweetheart.
  • Great orthopedic surgeon, I will follow him if I need another foot surgery.
  • Amazing surgeon.

Media

Dr. McDonald talks with Channel 3 about common foot issues, treatments, and when to seek care.

Contact Information

Phone: (860) 244-8889
(413) 261-6801

Supported by:
Miriam Wiggins, PA-C

Location

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7 Elm Street, Enfield, CT 06082

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31 Seymour St , Suite 300, Hartford, CT 06106