Dr. Joel MacDonald, MD

Dr. Joel MacDonald, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 53
(13)
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Dr. Joel MacDonald, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Salt Lake City, UT. He is 53 years old and has been practicing for 28 years. Dr. MacDonald is affiliated with University of Utah Health Care and Intermountain Medical Center.

175 Medical Plz

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Altius Health Plans
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Subdural Hemorrhage
very high
more than 94% of peers
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
high
more than 89% of peers
Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
high
more than 89% of peers

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Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
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Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*
53

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease

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Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Univ Of Nc Chapel Hill Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • Carolinas Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
  • Univ Of Utah/Uumc
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Univ Of Fla/Shands Hosp
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1996

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. MacDonald has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. MacDonald's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. MacDonald to family and friends
3.8
based on 13 total reviews (3 with comments)
Dr. MacDonald's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (3)
Woods Cross, UT |
Dr. MacDonald not only takes the time to address my concerns but provides in depth analysis and treatment options that were previously left unaddressed by another neurosurgeon. Both my family and I have appreciated the care he has provided.
in UT |
I had emergency brain surgery this past June. I am incredibly satisfied with my surgery. He gave me my life back! I went in for my check up yesterday. He was incredibly informative, professional, and answered all of my questions. I would highly recommend Dr. MacDonald to others.
in Salt Lake, UT |
Absolutely do Not let this man cut you open. I had surgery done by him, turns he squeezed my surgery into a time slot that wasn't long enough resulting into a botched surgery and a paralyzingly stroke. To add insult to injury he didn't have the decency to talk to my family in the waiting room after, instead he rushed to another appointment and had his assisting surgeon go out and tell my family what he'd done. I hope to never see him again
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Dr. MacDonald accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Altius Health Plans
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. MacDonald has admitting privileges

Intermountain Medical Center
5121 S Cottonwood St
Murray, UT 84107
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University of Utah Health Care
50 N. Medical Drive SLC
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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