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Ruth A. McDonald, MD

Ruth A. McDonald, MD

Nephrology, Transplantation, Nephrology Research

On staff since July 1993

Children's Title: Pediatrician-in-Chief; Director, Clinical Nephrology (Inpatient and Outreach Program); Medical Director, Solid Organ Transplantation and Ambulatory Services

Academic Title: Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

Ruth A. McDonald, MD, is an attending physician at Seattle Children’s, Medical Director of Solid Organ Transplantation, Associate Vice-Chair of Clinical Affairs, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Until recently she also participated in several outreach clinics in pediatric nephrology in Washington, Alaska and Montana.

She earned her MD at the University of Minnesota. She completed her residency and nephrology fellowship at the University of Washington. She serves as principal investigator in many multicenter research studies on pediatric renal transplantation. She has been an active participant in the North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Cooperative Studies Board of Directors. She has a special clinical interest in post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder and viral infections after transplant in all solid organ transplant recipients. She is an at-large member of the Children’s University Medical Group Board of Directors and chairs the group’s Clinical Practice Committee. McDonald is well known and respected nationally as a leader in national organ allocation policy development, working actively in several organizations. She serves on the UNOS Kidney Committee and is an elected member of the UNOS Board of Directors. Additionally, she serves on the pediatric nephrology sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Making A Difference

Recommendations

  • Debby Wenatchee, Washington 08.29.14

    Dr. McDonald has been my son's nephrologist for more than 17 years, since he was less than 24 hours old, and arrived at Seattle Children's for emergency surgery, until recently when he transferred to an adult nephrologist in our hometown. I highly recommend Dr. McDonald for her professionalism, knowledge of all phases of care and related systems, and genuine concern for the well-being of her "kids". My sons care ranged from renal dysfunction, to end-stage renal disease, with 4 years of dialysis, both peritoneal and hemo, through transplant. She has been "in the trenches" with us through countless situations, conditions and decisions. Without hesitation I would recommended her to anyone needing a nephrologist for their child. She is a gifted practitioner of the highest caliber.

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Nephrology

Medical/Professional School

University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, Minneapolis

Residency

Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Fellowship

Pediatric Nephrology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Pediatric solid organ transplantation

Research Focus Area

Translational Research

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
Seattle's Top Doc Seattle Met Magazine 2013
U.S. News Top Doctor U.S. News and World Report 2012
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine 2012
"Guide to America's Top Pediatricians" Consumer's Research Council of America 2009

Publications

  • Verghese PS, Smith JM, McDonald RA, Schwartz SM, Nelson KA, Warner PR
    Impaired graft survival in pediatric renal transplant recipients with donor-specific antibodies detected by solid-phase assays.
    Pediatric transplantation , 2010 Sept. 1 : 730-4
  • Smith JM, Corey L, Bittner R, Finn LS, Healey PJ, Davis CL, McDonald RA
    Subclinical viremia increases risk for chronic allograft injury in pediatric renal transplantation.
    Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN , 2010 Sept. : 1579-86
  • Kasiske BL, Zeier MG, Chapman JR, Craig JC, Ekberg H, Garvey CA, Green MD, Jha V, Josephson MA, Kiberd BA, Kreis HA, McDonald RA, Newmann JM, Obrador GT, Vincenti FG, Cheung M, Earley A, Raman G, Abariga S, Wagner M, Balk EM
    KDIGO clinical practice guideline for the care of kidney transplant recipients: a summary.
    Kidney international , 2010 Feb. : 299-311
  • KDIGO clinical practice guideline for the care of kidney transplant recipients.
    American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons , 2009 Nov. : S1-155
  • Smith JM, Fine RN, McDonald RA
    Current state of pediatric renal transplantation.
    Frontiers in bioscience : a journal and virtual library , 2008 Jan. 1 : 197-203
  • Smith JM, Dharnidharka VR, Talley L, Martz K, McDonald RA
    BK virus nephropathy in pediatric renal transplant recipients: an analysis of the North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Collaborative Studies (NAPRTCS) registry.
    Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN , 2007 Sept. : 1037-42
  • Smith JM, Corey L, Healey PJ, Davis CL, McDonald RA
    Adolescents are more likely to develop posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder after primary Epstein-Barr virus infection than younger renal transplant recipients.
    Transplantation , 2007 June 15 : 1423-8
  • Smith JM, Stablein DM, Munoz R, Hebert D, McDonald RA
    Contributions of the Transplant Registry: The 2006 Annual Report of the North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Collaborative Studies (NAPRTCS).
    Pediatric transplantation , 2007 June : 366-73
  • Schachter AD, Benfield MR, Wyatt RJ, Grimm PC, Fennell RS, Herrin JT, Lirenman DS, McDonald RA, Munoz-Arizpe R, Harmon WE
    Sirolimus pharmacokinetics in pediatric renal transplant recipients receiving calcineurin inhibitor co-therapy.
    Pediatric transplantation , 2006 Dec. : 914-9
  • Smith JM, Wong CS, Salamonik EB, Hacker BM, McDonald RA, Mancl LA, Williams BJ, Ibrahim A, Roberts FA
    Sonic tooth brushing reduces gingival overgrowth in renal transplant recipients.
    Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany) , 2006 Nov. : 1753-9
  • Smith JM, McDonald RA
    Emerging viral infections in transplantation.
    Pediatric transplantation , 2006 Nov. : 838-43
  • Smith JM, Rudser K, Gillen D, Kestenbaum B, Seliger S, Weiss N, McDonald RA, Davis CL, Stehmen-Breen C
    Risk of lymphoma after renal transplantation varies with time: an analysis of the United States Renal Data System.
    Transplantation , 2006 Jan. 27 : 175-80
  • Gross TG, Bucuvalas JC, Park JR, Greiner TC, Hinrich SH, Kaufman SS, Langnas AN, McDonald RA, Ryckman FC, Shaw BW, Sudan DL, Lynch JC
    Low-dose chemotherapy for Epstein-Barr virus-positive post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disease in children after solid organ transplantation.
    Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology , 2005 Sept. 20 : 6481-8
  • Harmon WE, McDonald RA, Reyes JD, Bridges ND, Sweet SC, Sommers CM, Guidinger MK
    Pediatric transplantation, 1994-2003.
    American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons , 2005 Apr, : 887-903
  • Smith JM, McDonald RA
    Renal transplantation in adolescents.
    Adolescent medicine clinics , 2005 Feb. : 201-14
  • Smith JM, McDonald RA, Finn LS, Healey PJ, Davis CL, Limaye AP
    Polyomavirus nephropathy in pediatric kidney transplant recipients.
    American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons , 2004 Dec. : 2109-17
  • Smith JM, Nemeth TL, McDonald RA
    Current immunosuppressive agents in pediatric renal transplantation: efficacy, side-effects and utilization.
    Pediatric transplantation , 2004 Oct. : 445-53
  • Rahim KA, Seidel K, McDonald RA
    Risk factors for catheter-related complications in pediatric peritoneal dialysis.
    Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany) , 2004 Sept. : 1021-8
  • Hingorani SR, Finn LS, Kowalewska J, McDonald RA, Eddy AA
    Expression of nephrin in acquired forms of nephrotic syndrome in childhood.
    Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany) , 2004 Mar. : 300-5
  • Smith JM, Nemeth TL, McDonald RA
    Current immunosuppressive agents: efficacy, side effects, and utilization.
    Pediatric clinics of North America , 2003 Dec. : 1283-300
  • Benfield MR, McDonald RA, Bartosh S, Ho PL, Harmon W
    Changing trends in pediatric transplantation: 2001 Annual Report of the North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Cooperative Study.
    Pediatric transplantation , 2003 Aug. : 321-35
  • McDonald RA, Smith JM, Stablein D, Harmon WE
    Pretransplant peritoneal dialysis and graft thrombosis following pediatric kidney transplantation: a NAPRTCS report.
    Pediatric transplantation , 2003 June : 204-8
  • Smith JM, Ho PL, McDonald RA
    Renal transplant outcomes in adolescents: a report of the North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Cooperative Study.
    Pediatric transplantation , 2002 Dec. : 493-9
  • Gillespie RS, Symons JM, McDonald RA
    Peritonitis due to Leuconostoc species in a child receiving peritoneal dialysis.
    Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany) , 2002 Nov. : 966-8
  • Neu AM, Ho PL, McDonald RA, Warady BA
    Chronic dialysis in children and adolescents. The 2001 NAPRTCS Annual Report.
    Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany) , 2002 Aug. : 656-63
  • Faizan MK, Finn LS, Paladin AM, McDonald RA
    A 14-year-old girl with recumbent proteinuria.
    Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany) , 2002 May : 379-81