Joseph McDonald, Ph.D.

(Representing AAHP)

Joseph McDonald, PhD, is a Medical Physicist at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.  His current tasks include acceptance and annual testing and certification of diagnostic medical equipment, including Mammography, MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine Cameras, and Ultrasound.

Additionally, he performs calculation and testing of radiation shielding installations, and teaches MD Fellows the physics of medical diagnostic imaging. He serves on the American Board of Medical Physics Exam Panel in Medical Health Physics, and also on the American Board of Health Physics Part II Examination Board.  

Dr. McDonald is a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Emergency Radiological Response Team (MERRT).

Dr. McDonald performed his dissertation research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) while obtaining his PhD at Western Michigan University and continued with basic research in Nuclear Physics at LLNL for 21 years authoring or coauthoring more than 85 peer-reviewed articles before changing careers to medical/health physics. From 2009 to 2019 he worked as the Radiation Safety Officer and Medical Physicist at the Georg E Wahlen Department of Veterans affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. McDonald is also an avid pilot and ultra-marathoner.