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Friday, July 15, 2011

New Physicians Join the Team in August

Dr. Koval will see patients starting August 1st at the Cedar Park and Northwest Austin locations.

Robert J Koval, Jr, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed Fellowship training in Rheumatology in 2011. Dr. Koval graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Biology, after completing high school in Laredo, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Houston Medical School, where he was accepted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society, graduating near the top of his class.

After completing his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver, Dr. Koval worked for a year in hospital medicine at Denver Health Hospital. He then returned to the
University of Colorado for Rheumatology specialization training. He has a special interest in autoimmune disorders, arthritis, and osteoporosis. After moving to Austin to join Texas Orthopedics, Dr. Koval will be starting an infusion center to assist in the treatment of various Rheumatologic diseases. He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.

In his spare time, Dr. Koval enjoys spending time with his wife Erin and young son Joshua. He also enjoys watching and attending sporting events (Hook 'em Horns!), traveling, and many outdoor activities.

Dr. McDonald will see patients starting August 22th at the Northwest Austin and South Austin locations.

John E. McDonald Jr., M.D. is a native of Houston, TX. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in Washington, DC where he played NCAA Division I tennis for the Hoyas. He went on to attend medical school at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas where he was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, an honor given to those graduating in the top 10% of their class. Dr. McDonald completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at UT Southwestern and Parkland Hospital in Dallas. After being selected as one of two Chief Residents, he spent time overseas in Norwich, England where he worked exclusively with knee and shoulder surgeons and learned a tremendous amount about cost effective medicine.

In order to further specialize after his training, Dr. McDonald was selected to attend a one year fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman-Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. While in Vail, he trained directly under many of the world's top experts in the field of orthopaedic sports medicine and hip, shoulder, and knee arthroscopy and reconstruction. Additionally, he had the privilege of providing care to numerous professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA tour, and professional tennis as well as collegiate, high school, and recreational athletes. He served as the team physician for the US National Snowboard team at the 2011 World Championships and was one of the team physicians for a local high school in Colorado.

Throughout his clinical training, Dr. McDonald has been involved in research in the field of orthopaedics. He has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and has co-written several book chapters and review articles on a variety of topics including hip arthroscopy, multi-ligament knee injuries, and traumatic should and hip injuries. He has presented his research at multiple national meetings.

Dr. McDonald specializes in hip, knee, and shoulder arthroscopy and orthopaedic sports medicine. A sports enthusiast all his life, Dr. McDonald encourages a team approach with each of his patients. When patients, their families, physical and occupational therapists, and physicians all work together, the patient can achieve a quicker recovery and the success that they desire through both surgical and nonsurgical means. Patients enjoy his friendly, open, and personalized approach to care. He encourages questions and always takes the time to get to know his patients and thoroughly understand their concerns.

Currently, Dr. McDonald is a team physician for the US Ski and Snowboard teams. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and a candidate member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. In his free time, he enjoys running, golf, hiking, skiing, and basketball. He is joined in Austin by his wife, a University of Texas alumna and dermatologist, Halliday (Hallie) McDonald, MD, and their daughter.

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