Dr Peter MacDonald was born on August 1st, 1958 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is one of seven siblings. Growing up, Dr MacDonald attended St Ignatius parish and school, paving the way for his future education. Continuing in the tradition of his older brothers; Dr MacDonald joined St Paul's High School in the fall of 1972 and became involved in many diverse aspects of the school including the newspaper, chess club, debating, intramural football, senior hockey and managing the Crusader football team.
In 1989, Dr MacDonald graduated from the Residency Program, Section of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Manitoba. He later completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. Dr MacDonald is also Board Certified with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
Dr MacDonald currently practices in the role of Medical Director, Department of Surgery, at the Pan Am Clinic. In addition, he is Head, Section of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Manitoba; Gibson Chair of Orthopedic Surgery and Research; Regional Leader, Section of Orthopedic Surgery for the WRHA Surgery Program; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Studies at the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute; and is the Head Team Physician and Head Orthopedic Surgeon for the Manitoba Moose and Winnipeg Blue Bombers respectively.
Dr MacDonald is a member of many local and international associations and committees and has served on numerous Boards of Directors. He is sought after, globally, for his expertise and excellence in his field. He has given over two-hundred and forty presentations worldwide, contributed to over fifty written publications and to date, has been the recipient of forty eight research grants.
Most notably however, is Dr Peter MacDonald's role in the development of the Pan Am Clinic. Today's Pan Am Clinic is a world class facility with a multidisciplinary and community based model for healthcare. It is certainly ahead of the curve thanks in large part to the leadership and vision of Dr MacDonald.
Dr MacDonald attributes much of his success to his time at St Paul's, saying he “arrived as a boy and left as a man.” His St Paul's experience was very important as it shaped his frame of mind during those critical years, allowing him to develop values and beliefs that he retains to this day. Today, as an alumnus, Dr MacDonald is very proud of his time at what he calls “the best school in Manitoba” and Winnipeg's “jewel.” His burning desire to help support its legacy is evident in his continued benevolence to the school and its mission.
Dr MacDonald joins a long line of distinguished and career minded family members who have excelled in their respective fields. Dr MacDonald's father, D I MacDonald, was the Chief Commissioner of the City of Winnipeg and was inducted into the Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame. Dr MacDonald's four sisters have very different but distinguished careers. Wendy MacDonald is an English and Piano teacher, Dawne McCance is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba, Mary Kate Harvie is a Judge in the Provincial Courts and Dr Sally Longstaffe is a Professor of Pediatrics and was the recipient of the Woman of Distinction Award as well as being honoured by St Mary's Academy. Dr MacDonald's brother, Jake, is an award winning author and Dan is Senior Vice President of TD Waterhouse Private Investments. Joining Dr MacDonald in the medical field are his three nephews, all graduates of St Paul's, and two nieces who are also physicians.
Peter is married to his wife of 25 years, Sherry, a longstanding and loyal volunteer of St Paul's High School and whom he credits to raising their three children (Lindsey, Carling and Duncan '10) due to his hectic and busy schedule. After graduating from St Mary's Academy, Lindsey and Carling pursued post secondary education and are currently in first year med school and pre-med respectively. Duncan, the youngest of the MacDonald's three children, is currently finishing his last year at St Paul's High School. In order to maintain balance in his life, in which he is a firm believer, Dr MacDonald works out daily at the squash club, enjoys golf and spending time at the family cabin in Minaki, Ontario. The MacDonald family is an active member of St John Brebeuf parish and contributes to many organizations throughout Winnipeg.