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Ms. Marguerite McDonald

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Ms. McDonald is the Cornea/refractive/anterior segment specialist, Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, Lynbrook, NY. She is presently an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University (NYU) in Manhattan. Dr McDonald is a staff physician at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City, as well as at the Island Eye Center in Carle Place, New York.

Ms. McDonald was a Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Corneal Service at the LSU Eye Center, LSU Medical Center School of Medicine, New Orleans, as well as the Chairman of the LSUMC Promotion and Tenure Committee until September 1994.

She is currently a senior consultant for VISX, and was previously the Medical Director for Alcon/Summit/Autonomous. Ms. McDonald was also a principal investigator for the Chiron Technologies (now Bausch and Lomb) and Nidek EC 5000 lasers.

Dr McDonald received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, followed by an internship at Lenox Hill Hospital and ophthalmology residency at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital/Cornell, both in New York City, and a fellowship in corneal and external diseases with Dr. Herbert E. Kaufman at the LSU Eye Center in New Orleans. Ms. McDonald joined the faculty at the LSU Eye Center in 1981. Since then she has become well known in the field of refractive surgery, with 477 abstracts, 79 books and book chapters, 45 interviews/panel discussions/CD ROMs/videos, and 179 peer reviewed and 280 non-peer reviewed articles published on various refractive topics. Ms. McDonald has been the principal investigator of three National Eye Institute grants for the study of refractive surgery: radial keratotomy [at the LSU Clinical Center for the Prospective Evaluation of Radial Keratotomy (PERK) study], epikeratophakia, and excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy, as well as numerous industrial grants.

In New Orleans, Ms. McDonald headed the research team investigating the use of the excimer laser for the correction of optical error, and in 1987, performed the world’s first excimer laser treatment to eliminate or reduce the need for glasses and contact lenses. Ms. McDonald treated blind and fully sighted patients in 1988; both groups were treated for nearsightedness. In 1993, she performed the world’s first excimer laser surgeries for farsightedness as well.

On October 12, 1999, Ms. McDonald performed the world’s first Summit/Autonomous wavefront-based excimer laser surgeries; these cases were also the first wavefront-based laser surgeries in the U.S. This breakthrough is considered the first step on the road to “super-normal” vision, i.e., the routine attainment of better-than-20/20 uncorrected vision with minimal aberrations and much improved night vision.

Ms. McDonald was the second physician in the United States and the third physician in the world to perform CK (Conductive Keratoplasty) for farsightedness. Ms. McDonald was the medical monitor of the U.S. clinical trials which led to FDA approval for CK.

Ms. McDonald was the first North American surgeon to perform Epi-LASIK in September 2003.

Professional memberships encompass a broad spectrum of local, national, international clinical and scientific activities including:

Ms. McDonald recently served as the chief medical editor for Channel 6 News, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans; she made frequent in-person appearances covering medical topics. Ms. McDonald has also been featured on a segment of “Good Morning America”.

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