Walter McDonald, MD, MACP, has had a distinguished career in both academic medicine and professional medical organizations. His primary interests include health literacy, medical quality and safety, non-profit management and governance, continuing and graduate medical education, and professionalism.
Dr. McDonald was the Chief of Medicine at the Portland Oregon VA Medical Center before becoming Associate Dean of Education at the Oregon Health Sciences University. In 1995 he became the CEO of the American College of Physicians. During his seven year tenure, the College membership grew from 75,000 to 110,000 members, the ACP Foundation was established, a merger with American Society of Internal Medicine was accomplished and a major building initiative was achieved. In 2002 he became CEO of Council of Medical Specialties. Over the next five years, the CMSS doubled its membership and achieved financial stability.
Dr. McDonald has served as either a committee member or liaison on a number of organizations in medicine including the Executive Committee of the Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Joint Commission. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health and Sciences University serves on the board of several foundations.
Dr. McDonald is a Master of the ACP. He has been recognized by Oregon Health Sciences University at Alumnus of the Year (1998), the ACP by establishing the annual Walter J McDonald Award for young physician leaders and the Foundation for Medical Excellence which established an annual medical school scholarship in his name.
He is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan Medical School and is certified in both internal medicine and endocrinology.