Joseph McDonald

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Joseph McDonald, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Joseph McDonald, MD, MS, is a board-certified pediatric rheumatologist. Dr. McDonald takes care of children and teens with arthritis, lupus and other autoimmune disorders that affect joints, skin, muscles and blood vessels. He also has extensive training in musculoskeletal ultrasound and experience developing diagnostic and interventional ultrasound programs for children with arthritis, which can enhance diagnosis, help monitor treatment response, and allow more targeted interventions.

In addition his clinical practice, Dr. McDonald is an avid researcher. He is studying the quality of life for pediatric uveitis patients, integration of musculoskeletal ultrasound into clinical care and improving collaborations in neuroinflammatory diseases.

Along with Dr. McDonald’s dedication to his patients, he is also committed to teaching and mentoring medical students, residents and fellows, offering guidance throughout their medical career.

Areas of Expertise

  • Inflammatory Eye Diseases
  • Vasculitis
  • Inflammatory Muscle Diseases
  • Systemic Lupus
  • Autoinflammatory Disorders

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Pediatrics

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • State University of New York College of Medicine


  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Other Grad Education

  • University of Cincinnati

  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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