Rachel K. McDonald, MD

Appointments

Assistant Professor of Medicine

 Education and Training

  • 2008‐2012 MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
  • 2012‐2015 Internal Medicine Resident, Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
  • 2015‐2017 Critical Care Fellowship, Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Awards and Training

  • 2004-2008 National Merit Scholarship, University of Arkansas
  • 2004-2008 Chancellor’s Scholarship, University of Arkansas
  • 2010-2012 Barton Foundation Scholarship, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences,
  • 2011 Alpha Omega Alpha Member
  • 2013-2015 Global Health Scholar, Washington University in Saint Louis Internal Medicine Residency Program and Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • 2013-2015 Mentors in Medicine Research Grant Recipient, Washington University Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • 2013 Resident of the Month, Washington University in Saint Louis Internal Medicine Residency Program,
  • 2018 Nominee for Nursing Excellence Award, Nurse-Physician Collaboration, Centra Health System, Lynchburg, VA

Clinical and Research Interests

My main clinical and research interests include extracorporeal life support (ECLS) for advanced cardiac and respiratory failure as well as the diagnosis and treatment of acute pulmonary embolism. I am currently collaborating with our cardiac surgery colleagues to continue to improve and expand the ECLS program at Washington University. I also serve as the critical care representative for the pulmonary embolism response team (PERT) designed to provide multidisciplinary care for patients with massive and submassive pulmonary embolism. Further, I am involved in education and training of our critical care fellows, and am currently the Assistant Program Director for Critical Care.

Publications

View Rachel McDonald MD publications here.