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Dr. MacDonald’s research focuses on upper extremity, knee, sports injuries and arthroscopy.


Dr. MacDonald joined the department of surgery at the University of Manitoba in 1992 and became professor and head of the section of orthopaedics at the University of Manitoba in 2007.

He is a past president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association and was appointed the vice president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons in 2020 and will become the second ever Canadian president for the society in 2022.

Dr. MacDonald serves as head team physician of the Winnipeg Jets (NHL) and head orthopaedic surgeon of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL). He is also a member of the executive committee of the NHL Team Physician Society.

His main areas of interest are sports medicine and upper extremity surgery as well as concussion and orthopaedic surgery education.

Dr. MacDonald has published extensively with more than 160 primary publications and almost 500 presentations at the regional, national and international level.

Dr. MacDonald is the chief innovation and research officer at the Pan Am Clinic and is currently the principle or co-investigator in approximately 40 prospective and retrospective studies.

One main focus is the comparison of different surgical techniques in the management of patients with rotator cuff, shoulder instability, and anterior cruciate ligament injury.


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Manitoba (1983)
  • Medical Degree, University of Manitoba (1983)
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (FRCSC) (1989)
  • Clinical and Research Fellowship, University of Western Ontario (1990-91)
  • Certificate in Sports Medicine, University of Western Ontario (1991)
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Certification (1994)
  • Dip Sport Medicine, Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine (1997)


  • Charles S. Neer Award for Best Clinical Science Paper; American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (2020)
  • Best Clinical Research Award - Arthroscopy (2020)
  • Thorlakson Paper of the Year Award; University of Manitoba (2020)
  • Richard O’Connor Research Award; Arthroscopy Association of North America Award (2019)
  • O’Donoghue Award; American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (2019)
  • Best Paper Award; Canadian Shoulder and Elbow Society (2018)
  • Best Paper in a Subspecialty; Canadian Shoulder and Elbow Society (2017)
  • Albert Trillat Young Investigator Award Winner (A. Getgood); International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee
  • Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Congress (2017)
  • Orthopedics This Week – The 16 Standout North American Sports Knee Surgeons (2016)
  • Department of Surgery Award of Recognition, University of Manitoba (2014)
  • Faculty of Medicine Teaching Award, University of Manitoba (2012)
  • Richard B. Caspari Award Runner-up; International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Congress (2011)
  • Compere Award for Best Scientific Paper; Twentieth Century Orthopaedic Association (2011)
  • The Robert B. Salter Award, Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation Research Award (2004)
  • Canadian Orthopaedic Association North American Traveling Fellow (1992)
  • Dr. and Mrs. Victor Rosenfield Prize - For Residents of Promise in Orthopaedics (1988)
  • Region XI Trauma Paper Competition, American College of Surgeons, Kirkaldy – Willis Award, University of Manitoba (1986)
  • Galloway Award for Proficiency in Orthopaedics (1985, 1987)

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