About the Doctor

Dr. W. Scott McDonald

Dr. W. Scott McDonald is a Plastic Surgeon Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. Dr. McDonald completed his residency in General Surgery there, including a year of research at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.  He then completed his residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University. He subsequently returned to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for a year of specialty training in Craniofacial Surgery.  Dr. McDonald has spent most of his career in academic medicine teaching Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the University Of Miami School Of Medicine in Miami Florida.

 

The results of Dr. McDonald’s clinical and laboratory research in Plastic Surgery has been published in the most prestigious journals of Plastic Surgery including The Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryThe Annals of Plastic Surgery, and The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. He has given scientific lectures on Aesthetic Surgery, Breast Reconstruction, Craniofacial Surgery and Wound Healing at major Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery meetings including those hosted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), and the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM).

Dr. McDonald has a strong commitment to teaching and community service.  Not only has he received teaching awards for Plastic Surgery including the 2010 Resident Teaching Award at The Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Division of Plastic Surgery in New York City, but he has traveled to Columbia, South America, and led mission teams to Gaza, Palestine for Operation Smile.  Dr. McDonald has guided groups of the University of Miami medical students to the Central Plateau of Haiti to perform reconstructive surgery on both the children and adults of that country. Most recently he has traveled to Cuba in a teaching and training plastic surgery exchange.

Dr. McDonald is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and he has served in the past as the Secretary/Treasurer, the Vice President, and the President of the Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons and as a Board Member to the Dade County Medical Association.

Books and Chapters in Press
Thaller, Seth R., McDonald, W. Scott, Facial Trauma. Editors. Thaller, Seth R, McDonald, W. Scott. Dekker, 2004

Garri, Jose I., McDonald, W. Scott. Zygoma Fractures. Facial TraumaEditors. Thaller, Seth R., McDonald, W. Scott. Dekker, 2004

Qammar, Moffat, F., McDonald, WS,. Complications in Breast Surgery. Editor. Barquist, E., 2003

Giles W., McDonald, WS., Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Editor Josephson, Gary in Complications in Pediatric Otolaryngology. Delmar 2002

Journal Articles
O’Connell C. Mirhashemi R, Kassira N, Lambrou N, McDonald WS. Formation of Functional Neovagina With Vertical Rectus Abdominis Musculocutaneous (VRAM) Flap After Total Pelvic Exoneration. Ann Plast Surg. 2005 Nov; 55(5):470-3.

Kassira W., Kassira N, Panthaki Z, Tozman E, McDonald WS. Perioperative Considerations In The Autologus Breast Reconstruction Patient With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Ann Plast Surg. 2005 Apr; 54(4):442-4.

W. Scott McDonald, M.D., Thomas P. Lo, Jr., B.S., Michael Thurmond, M.D., Christina Jones, M.D., Robert Cohen, M.D., Andrew Miller, M.D., Don Beasley, M.D., “Role of Nitric Oxide in Skin Flap Delay”, Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 113:927-931, 2004

Rashmi Lodha, BS, William Scott McDonald, MD, George W. Elgart, MD, Seth Thaller, MD, Dermoscopy for Congenital Melanocytic Nevi, The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, Volume 14 Number , PP6 661-665 September 5, 2003

Diaz Jose, McDonald W. Scott, Armstrong Milton, Eismont Frank, Hellinger Michael, Thaller Seth, Reconstruction Following Extirpation of Sacral Malignancies, Accepted for publication. Annals of Plastic Surgery, Volume 51/Number 2:pp. 1-4, August 2003

Zubin J. Panthaki, MDCM, FRCSC, W. Scott McDonald, MD, Milton Armstrong, MD, FACS, and Seth Thaller, MD, DMD, FACS. How We Train Residents to Perform Abdominal Contouring Surgery: The University of Miami Experience. Operative Techniques in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Vol 8, No 2: pp 101-105, 2002

Flynn, T.C., Chastain, M.A., McDonald, W.S. More on the Facelift Flap.Dermatol Surgery 2000, 26(5) 507-8

de la Pedraja, J., Erbella, J., McDonald, W.S., Thaller, S.R. Approaches to Cleft Lip and Palate Repair. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: 11(6): 562-571, July 2000.

McDonald, W.S., Thaller, S.R. Priorities in the Treatment of Facial Fractures for the Millennium. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: 11(2): 96-105, 2000.

McDonald, W.S., Beasley, D., Jones, C. Retinoic Acid and CO2 Laser Resurfacing. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 104:7, 1999

Flynn, T.C., McDonald, W.S., Chastain, M.A. The “Facelift” Flap for Reconstruction of Cheek, Later Orbit, and Temple Defects. Dermatol Surgery, 25:11, 1999.

Gaboriau, H.P., McDonald, W.S. Management of Orbital Fractures. J LA State Med. Soc., 148:241-243, 1996.

McDonald, W.S., Zagzag, D., Thorne, C. H. M. Frontonasal Encephalocele and Associated Congenital Brain Tumor. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery., 6:386-389, 1995.

McDonald, W.S., Nichter, L. S. Debridement of Bacterial and Particulate- Contaminated Wound. Annals of Plastic Surgery., 33:142-147, 1994.

McDonald, W.S., Sharp, C., Deitch, E.A. Immediate Enteral Feeding in Burn Patients Is Safe and Effective. Annals of Surgery, 213:177-183, 1991.

Nichter, L.S., McDonald, W.S., Gabriel, K., Sloan, G.M., Reinisch, J. F. Efficacy of Debridement and Primary Closure of Contaminated Wounds: A Comparison of Methods. Annals of Plastic Surgery, 23:224-230, 1989.

McDonald, W.S., Brame M., Sharp, C., Eggerstedt, J. Risk Factors of Median Sternotomy Dehiscence in Cardiac Surgery. Southern Med. J. 82:1361-1364, 1989.

Jones T., McDonald, W.S., Deitch, E.A. Effect of Graft Bed On Long Term Functional Results of Extremity Skin Grafts. Journal of Burn Care and Rehab, 9:72-74, 1988.

McDonald, W. S., Deitch, E. A. Hypertrophic Skin Grafts in Burned Patients: A Prospective Analysis of Variables. Journal Trauma, 27:147-150, 1987.

Professional Organizations

Society Memberships

  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Miami Society of Plastic Surgery- Secretary, 2000
  • Miami Society of Plastic Surgery, Vice-President, 2001
  • Miami Society of Plastic Surgery, President, 2002-2003
  • Dade County Medical Association, Membership Committee, 2003
  • Dade County Medical Association, Board member
  • Florida Society of Plastic Surgery, 2003
  • Florida Medical Association, 2003
  • Florida Medical Association, Delegate
  • American Medical Association, 2003

Committee Memberships

  • Tulane University School of Medicine, Dept. of Surgery, Graduate Education Committee, 1994-1997
  • Tulane University School of Medicine, Otolaryngology Review Committee, 1996-1997
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, Records Committee, 1996
  • Dade County Medical Association, Membership Committee, 2003
Books and Monographs Published
Thaller, Seth R., McDonald, W. Scott. Editors. Facial Trauma. Marcel Dekker, Inc. 2004

Segal Z.K. Thaller, S.R, McDonald WS. Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Zygomatic Fractures. eMedicine: Plastic Surgery. 2001. Available at: http://www.emedicine.com

Segal Z.K., McDonald, WS., Segal, A.J., Thaller, S.R. Residual Nasal Deformity Following Cleft Lip Repair. eMedicine: Plastic Surgery. 2001. Available at: http://www.emedicine.com

Thaller, S.R., McDonald, WS. Chemical Peels For Your Doctor. YourDoctor.com by doctors for patients. September 2000.

Honors and Awards
  • Mt Sinai School of Medicine Division of Plastic Surgery Resident Teaching Award 2010
  • 2000 Research Award by Maxillofacial Surgeons Foundation of The American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons through the courtesy of The Association of the Study of Internal Fixation and Synthes Maxillofacial
  • Summa Cum Laude, Northeast Louisiana University
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Northeast Louisiana University
  • Louisiana Chapter, American College of Surgeons Winning paper Resident Competition of Trauma. Hypertrophic Skin Grafts In Burns 1985.
  • Committee of Trauma Competition, Southern California Area Best Research Paper. Debridement and Primary Closure of Contaminated Wounds: A Comparison of Methods 1986.
  • Pfizer International Award for Innovation Runner Up, Ultrasonic Debridement 1987
Abstracts
W. Scott McDonald, M.D., Thomas P. Lo, Jr., B.S., Michael Thurmond, M.D., Christina Jones, M.D., Robert Cohen, M.D., Andrew Miller, M.D., Don Beasley, M.D., “Role of Nitric Oxide in Skin Flap Delay”, Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 113:927-931, 2004

Facelift Flap for Reconstruction of Cheek, Lateral Orbits, and Temple Defects. American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous oncology Annual Meeting. Portland, Oregon, 1998 (Abstract)

Increased Expression of Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase in Raised Skin Flaps in a Mouse Model. Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and Surgical Association of Louisiana Joint Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. 1998

Nitric Oxide Synthase Inhibition Reduces Vasodilatation and Flow in Skin Flap Delay. American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting. Scottsdale, Arizona, 1998 (Abstract)

Effect of Pretreated Skin On Laser Resurfacing. American Society For Laser Medicine and Surgery Seventeenth Annual Meeting. Phoenix, Arizona 1997. (Abstract)

Beasley, D., Jones, C., McDonald, W.S. Effect of Pretreated Skin On Laser Resurfacing. Laser in Surgery and Medicine, Supplement 9, 1997 (Abstract).

McDonald, W.S., Reinisch J., Sloan, G. The Use of Abbe Flaps in Infancy.Plastic Surgical Forum, 16:220-221, 1993 (Abstract).

The Use of Abbe Flaps in Infancy. Southern California Chapter of American College of Surgeons. Santa Barbara, California. January, 1993. (Abstract)

Elbow Reconstruction. International Hand Society Meeting. Paris, France. May 1992. (Abstract)

McDonald, W.S., Grossman, J.A.I. Soft Tissue Coverage of the Elbow Region: Anatomic Studies and Clinical Experience. Euro. Med. Biblio., 1:235, 1992 (sup) (Abstract).

Scientific Comparison of Current Wound Debridement Techniques. International Symposium on Wound Healing and Wound Management. San Francisco, California. October, 1990. (Abstract)

Early Enteral Feeding in Burns. American Burn Association. Las Vegas, Nevada. March, 1990. (Abstract)

McDonald, W.S., Eggerstedt, J., Halsey, M. Risk Factors For Median Sternotomy Dehiscence After Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Southern Med. J. 81:85, 1988. (Abstract).

Risk Factors for Median Sternotomy Dehiscence After Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Scientific Assembly of the Southern Medical Association. New Orleans, Louisiana. November, 1988. (Abstract)

Efficacy of Debridement and Primary Closure of Contaminated Wounds: A Comparison of Methods. ASPRS/PSEF/ASMS Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Georgia, November, 1987. (Abstract)

Ultrasonic Debridement. Southern California Chapter American College of Surgeons. Santa Barbara, California, 1987 (Abstract)

McDonald, W.S., Nichter, L.S. Sloan, G.M. Reinisch, J.F., Koudsi, B. Efficacy of Debridement and Primary Closure of Contaminated Wounds: A Comparison of Methods. Surgical Forum, 38:634-635, 1987 (Abstract).

McDonald, W.S., Nichter, L. S., Sloan, G.M. Reinisch, J.F., Koudsi, B. Efficacy of Debridement and Primary Closure of Contaminated Wounds: A Comparison of Methods. Plastic Surgical Forum, 10:46-48, 1987 (Abstract).

McDonald, W.S. Hypertrophic Skin Grafts. Louisiana State Medical Society Journal, 138:59, 1986 (Abstract).

Hypertrophic Skin Grafts in Burn Patients: A Prospective Analysis of Variables. American Burn Association. Chicago, Illinois 1986 (Abstract)

Hypertrophic Skin Grafts in Burns. Joint Meeting, Louisiana Chapter American College of Surgeons and Surgical Association of Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana. 1985 (Abstract)

Funded Research Grants

Grants, etc.

  • $13,000 University of Southern California Innovation Grant, 1987. Ultrasonic Debridement.
  • $35,800 Principal Investigator: Gliatech, Inc. Research Grant, 1996. A Randomized Double Blind, Controlled, Multi-Center Clinical Trial of ADCON-T To Inhibit Post-Operative Fibrosis Following Tenolysis of the Hand.
  • $4950.00 Plastic Surgeon Educational Foundation Grant 2000. The evaluation of the Role of Polyoma Viruses in the Etiology of Hemangiomas.
  • $18,000 Merck Medical School Training Grant 2000. Role of Cox-2 Inhibitors in the Etiology of Hemangiomas.
  • $90, 000 Wyeth-Ayerst Research Grant 2000. Multicenter, randomized open label comparison study of the safety and efficacy of two intravenous dosages of GAR-936 to treat complicated skin and skin structure infections in hospitalized patients.
  • $2,500 2000 Research Award by Maxillofacial Surgeons Foundation of The American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons through the courtesy of The Association of the Study of Internal Fixation and Synthes Maxillofacial
  • $100,000 2000 Wyeth Research Grant A multicenter, randomized, double-blind comparison of the safety of tigecycline with those of vancomycin with aztreonam to treat complicated skin and skin structure infections in hospitalized patients.

Research Experience

  • 1986-1987 Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Wound healing laboratory of Dr. Larry Nichter, MD
Professional Presentations
  • Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction. Video Presentation. American College of Surgeons Meeting. Chicago Illinois. October 2003
  • Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction, Our Early Experience. University of Miami Annual Alumni Meeting , June 2002.
  • Vaginal Reconstruction with the Vertical Rectus Abdominus Myocutaneous Flap University of Miami Division of Plastic Surgery Alumni Meeting, June 2003
  • The role of Polyoma viruses in the Etiology of Hemangiomas. Florida Society of Plastic Surgery Winter Meeting. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. December 8th, 2000.
  • Patterns of Head and Neck Trauma in Motor Vehicle Accidents with Air Deployment. Florida Society of Plastic Surgery Winter Meeting. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. December 9th, 2000.
  • Facelift Flap for Reconstruction of Cheek, Lateral Orbits, and Temple Defects. American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous oncology Annual Meeting. Portland, Oregon. May 11-13, 1998.
  • Increased Expression of Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase in Raised Skin Flaps in a Mouse Model. Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and Surgical Association of Louisiana Joint Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. January 18, 1998.
  • Nitric Oxide Synthase Inhibition Reduces Vasodilatation and Flow in Skin Flap Delay. American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting. Scottsdale, Arizona. January 10-13, 1998.
  • Effect of Pretreated Skin On Laser Resurfacing. American Society For Laser Medicine and Surgery Seventeenth Annual Meeting. Phoenix, Arizona. April 3-6, 1997.
  • Scalp Tissue expansion in the Developing skull. Louisiana Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting. Nottoway Plantation, White Castle, Louisiana. March 25-26, 1994.
  • The Use of Abbe Flaps in Infancy. Southern California Chapter of American College of Surgeons. Santa Barbara, California. January, 1993.
  • Elbow Reconstruction. International Hand Society Meeting. Paris, France. May 1992.
  • Scientific Comparison of Current Wound Debridement Techniques. International Symposium on Wound Healing and Wound Management. San Francisco, California. October, 1990.
  • Early Enteral Feeding in Burns. American Burn Association. Las Vegas, Nevada. March, 1990.
  • Risk Factors for Median Sternotomy Dehiscence After Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Scientific Assembly of the Southern Medical Association. New Orleans, Louisiana. November, 1988.
  • Efficacy of Debridement and Primary Closure of Contaminated Wounds: A Comparison of Methods. ASPRS/PSEF/ASMS Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Georgia, November, 1987.
  • Ultrasonic Debridement. Southern California Chapter American College of Surgeons. Santa Barbara, California. January, 1987.
  • Hypertrophic Skin Grafts in Burn Patients: A Prospective Analysis of Variables. American Burn Association. Chicago, Illinois. 1986.
  • Hypertrophic Skin Grafts in Burns. Joint Meeting, Louisiana Chapter American College of Surgeons and Surgical Association of Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana. October 1985.

Invited Lectures

  • The Plastic in Reconstructive Surgery. Miami Dade Community College. Miami Florida Speech Communications Lecturer. July 2007
  • Inferior Retinacular Canthoplasty. Aesthetic Orbital Surgery. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Miami Florida January, 2006
  • Groupe De Support Contre Le Cancer: Le Cancer du sein Diagnostic et traitement. Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 26-28, 2003.
  • Mercy’s International 2003 Breast Cancer Symposium, Guayaquil, Ecuador, June 19-22, 2003
  • Breast Reconstruction. JMH Advanced Practice Council. Biscayne Marriot Hotel, Miami, Florida. April 7th, 2001.
  • Current Trends in Hemangiomas: There is help. National Conference & Exhibition. San Francisco, October 23, 2001.
  • Aberrant Breast Development. Gynecomastia. Benign Breast Diseases. Locally Advanced Breast cancer. Latissimus and Gluteal Flap Breast Reconstruction. First International Symposium on Disease of the Breast. San Salvador, El Salvador. January 30-31, 1997.
  • Dermatologic Surgery for the Surgeon In the Pediatric Patient. Abdominal Wall Reconstruction. Management of Facial Trauma. Hospital Vicente D. Anthony and Medica Ceibena II Jornada Medica. May 17-18, 1996.
  • Hand Microsurgery. Microsurgical Reconstruction of the Mandible. Microsurgical Reconstruction of the Head and Neck. International Medical Conference in Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, and Plastic Surgery. San Salvador, El Salvador. September 27-30, 1995.
  • Nasal Reconstruction. Hispanic American Congress of the III National Congress Of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. San Salvador, El Salvador. March 6-11, 1995.
  • Facial Reconstruction. Surgical Treatment of Melanoma. Chemical Peeling for Cosmetic and Other Purposes. Nineteenth Central American Dermatology Congress. Tegucigalpa, Honduras. November, 1994.
  • Skin Lesions in Children: What To Do. Early Management of Upper Extremity Trauma. Tulane Surgery Symposium. Snowmass Village, Colorado, August 10-12, 1994.
Service

Committees

  • Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Graduate Education Committee, 1994-1995
  • Tulane University School of Medicine, Otolaryngology Review Committee 1996-1997
  • Member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons- 1998 to Present
  • Secretary/ Treasurer, Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons- 2000
  • Vice President, Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons- 2001
  • President, Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons- 2002
  • DCMA Delegate to FMA 2004
  • DCMA Delegate to FMA 2005
  • DCMA Delegate to FMA 2006
  • DCMA Board 2004

Community Activities

  • Operation Smile Missions to Duitama, Columbia 1995
  • Operation Smile Missions to Gaza, Palestine 1996-1998
  • Sponsor for University of Miami Operation Smile Chapter 2004
  • Project Medishare Plastic Surgery Missions to Haiti: March 2008 | June 2004 | March 2003 | December 2002
  • Plasticos Mission to Cienfuegos, Cuba March 2006