A native of Georgia living in Stone Mountain, Cumming and Roswell. He attended Forsyth Co High and graduated from Georgia Tech. Dr. Bart MacDonald attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia and completed his internship at the University of Florida in General surgery. During his neurosurgical residency, Dr. MacDonald trained at UNC Chapel Hill and Harvard's Brigham & Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Boston where he had the opportunity to train with the leaders in the fields of Neurovascular surgery and Neuro-oncology (brain tumors). Dr MacDonald has a passion for brain tumors after his father was diagnosed with a brain tumor early in his life. He took time from education to care for his father at home and maximize his father's quality of life and in that time learned the most important aspect of being a doctor – care and compassion for the patient. This became the cornerstone in his practice and gives him a perspective that is unique and a motivation that is steadfast. He has used this experience to guide his education and drove him to focus on all aspects of brain tumor, brain cancer and spinal cancer. With this in mind, he then took the opportunity to move to Houston to start the residency program with one of the Harvard attending physicians. There he spent much of his time with brain injury, aneurysm, brain tumors, and spine with an emphasis on complex spine. He then completed his residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch. After completing residency, he was appointed to assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch as well as participating in private practice. However, before establishing a firm foot hold in Texas, he decided to return home to his roots in Georgia. He has made a unique collaboration with Dr Jennifer Tirino who is a specialized otologist, a surgeon who specializes in the anatomy of the ear for hearing and disorders of the ear. Together they treat patients with brain tumors growing from nerves behind the ear called vestibular schwannoma or sometimes referred to as acoustic neuromas. These can be challenging tumors with surgery lasting 10-14 hours and placing at risk the nerve controlling the face, hearing, and balance. She too practiced and trained at Harvard and together they make a special team that is very unique to our area. They bring the best of training to Georgia. He wishes he could spend all of his time treating and managing brain tumors but fortunately there are not enough patients to fill all of his time. Within his 12 years of training, he spent 2 years working on research at Harvard evaluating the fluid dynamics in the brain. With this detailed training, he also manages disorders of the brain and ventricular systems including pseudotumor cerebri, normal pressure hydrocephalus, and cerebral spinal fluid disorders. With his move to Houston and the large volume of trauma, he gained new insight into the spine, spine trauma, and degenerative spinal disease. Taking this to the highest level, he also focuses on minimally invasive surgeries and conservative spine treatments so that the patient can expect to have the highest level of technology balanced with the highest level of concern for his or her well-being. This includes using microsurgical, minimally invasive, and percutaneous techniques to spinal surgery including stereotactic and robotic spine surgery. In the end, he has a very unique training and is able to not only manage spine disease with the highest level of technology but also have the skill and compassion to treat brain tumors. His overriding goal is to walk with the patient and the patient's family through a very trying and difficult time with compassion combined technical expertise
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Dr. MacDonald's Care Philosophy
To walk with you and your family in the trying times of an unexpected health crisis. The goal is help you understand your condition, see ALL the treatment options, and be able to understand the reason for choosing the best option for you in light of three issue: your condition, your family, and your social needs. I want to walk with you through this trying time using knowledge, technology and compassion to make the best personalized treatment plan for you.
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Likelihood of recommending Dr. MacDonald to family and friends is 4.6 out of 5