Dr. Bart MacDonald, MD

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Brain Injury Medicine | Male

Wellstar Spectrum Neurosurgical 2500 Hospital Blvd Ste 310 Roswell, GA 30076 Get Directions
Dr. Bart MacDonald, MD
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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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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Dr. MacDonald's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
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    EXCELLENT
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    EXCELLENT
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    EXCELLENT
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    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
Dahlonega, GA |
He is the greatest surgeon I ever found, & the kindest man that I have ever had the honor to know. For 1.5 years I got bounced around with horrible doctors at Emory who said I had herniated discs and wouldn't listen as the pain kept getting worse. Dr. MacDonald listened, he looked & found my L5 was shattered, the discs didn't heal due to bones piercing them, & swelling on the nerves damaged them. I believe if I met him first I would be walking. He is a wonderful doctor and treats you like family
in Decatur, GA |
If my son, husband or any other friend or family member needed the expertise of a neurosurgeon with my eyes closed I would take them to Dr. MacDonald and his team. He fix my back with his blessed expertise and from the beginning was honest and caring never rushing to finish with me and move to the next patient. If you are worried about your surgery and looking for a second opinion go to him. He was my second opinion and the last one.
in Corpus Christi, TX |
Dr. MacDonald injured my spinal cord during my surgery. Although I knew the risks of surgery, this doctor never informed me of the injury and didn't explain my paralysis. The hospital failed to inform me either. i was quickly transferred to a rehabilitation hospital and Dr. MacDonald did no follow up at all. I have suffered and struggled for 3 years and I am 100% disabled. I just wish he would've been more forthcoming . Maybe that's why he left Texas.
in Braselton, GA |
Dr. MacDonald is an accomplished surgeon with terrific patient empathy and consideration. After suffering with spinal stenosis for years Dr. MacDonald recommended a procedure to correct my issues. I am grateful for his skill and expertise in performing the procedure to the point that I now feel like a new person. Minimal recovery time. I would highly recommend Dr. MacDonald.
in Cartersville, GA |
Dr. Bart McDonald is an excellent, knowledgeable and extremely caring physician. I went to him for lumbar surgery recommendations and options. After speaking about my symptoms, he recommended my neck be checked and found I had severe cervical spinal stenosis which needed correction ASAP. I underwent surgery in November and had a fusion from c-4 thru c-7 and he did a phenomenal job!! I cannot express how grateful I am to him and his staff for taking such good care of me. I feel great! Thank you
in Monroe, Ga |
Office staff extremely incompetent. Sent me to wrong location two times, they cancelled my appointments twice after I had waited months and had to start all over with wait time. Very hard to get answers over phone. Scheduled me for X-rays at wrong facility. Just a perfect mess. Staff is not properly trained.
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      Dr. MacDonald says...

      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

      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.

      Dr. MacDonald says...

      Dr MacDonald is uniformly know at the "nicest Neurosurgeon" you will ever meet.  This is his best quality overall.  

      Dr. MacDonald's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

      •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
      •  Specializes in Brain Injury Medicine
      •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
      •  No malpractice claims found
      •  No sanctions found
      •  No board actions found

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      • Neurosurgery

      Conditions Treated

      • Acoustic Neuroma
      • All Lymphoma
      • Anal Disorders
      • Anemia
      • Aneurysm
      • Autoimmune Diseases
      • Back Pain
      • Bleeding Disorders
      • Blood Disorders
      • Bone Disorders
      • Brain Cancer
      • Brain Disorders
      • Brain Tumor
      • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
      • Breast Cancer
      • Broken Neck
      • Cancer
      • Cerebral Hemorrhage
      • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
      • Cerebrovascular Disease
      • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
      • Chiari's Deformity
      • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
      • Degenerative Disc Disease
      • Degenerative Spine Disorders
      • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
      • Ear Disorders
      • Epilepsy
      • Esophageal Diseases
      • Facet Joint Pain
      • Facial Pain
      • Fracture
      • Gastrointestinal Diseases
      • Hemifacial Spasm
      • Herniated Disc
      • Hydrocephalus
      • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
      • Intervertebral Disc Disease
      • Leukocytosis
      • Low Back Pain
      • Lumbar Spine Fracture
      • Lung Cancer
      • Meningiomas
      • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
      • Myelopathy
      • Myeloproliferative Disorders
      • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
      • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
      • Osteoarthritis of Spine
      • Pancytopenia
      • Pathological Spine Fracture
      • Pituitary Disease
      • Pituitary Tumor
      • Pregnancy-Related Disorders
      • Prostate Cancer
      • Pulmonary Disease
      • Qualitative Platelet Defects (incl. Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia)
      • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
      • Retina Diseases
      • Scoliosis
      • Secondary Hypertension
      • Secondary Malignancies
      • Spinal Cord Tumor
      • Spinal Stenosis
      • Spine Deformities
      • Spine Disorders
      • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
      • Spondylolisthesis
      • Stomach Diseases
      • Stroke
      • Subdural Hemorrhage
      • Thoracic Spine Fracture
      • Thrombosis
      • Trigeminal Neuralgia
      • Urinary Disorders
      • Vascular Disease

      Education

      • Medical School
        Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med

        Graduated in 2000

      • Internship Hospital
        University Of Florida-Gainesville

        Completed in 2001

      • Residency Hospital
        Harvard/Bwh

        Completed in 2007

        U Nc At Chapel Hill

        Completed in 2002

        University Of Texas At Houston / Medical School At Houston

        Completed in 2011

        University Of Texas Medical Branch

        Completed in 2012

      • Undergraduate School
        Georgia College

        Graduated in 1988

        Georgia Institute Of Technology

        Graduated in 1996

      Languages Spoken

      • English

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      Specialties

      • Brain Injury Medicine
      • Neurosurgery
      • Oncology

      Procedures Performed

      • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
      • Artificial Disc Replacement
      • Bone Marrow Biopsy
      • Brain Surgery
      • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
      • Complex Spine Surgery
      • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
      • Craniotomy for Aneurysm
      • Craniotomy for Brain Tumor
      • Disc Replacement
      • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
      • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
      • Frameless Stereotactic Surgery
      • Herniated Disc Surgery
      • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
      • Microneurovascular Surgery
      • Microsurgery of Brain Tumors
      • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
      • Microvascular Decompression
      • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
      • Neuroplasty
      • Percutaneous Procedures
      • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
      • Spinal Fusion
      • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
      • Stereotactic Neurosurgery
      • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
      • Stereotactic Surgery
      • Surgery, Robotic Assisted