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Dr. Joseph T. McDonald, MD

Internist, Primary Care Doctor

Bethesda, MD

About Dr. Joseph T. McDonald

******IF YOU ARE COMING IN FOR A PHYSICAL, WE WILL BE TAKING LABS AND YOU WILL NEED TO FAST FOR 12 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.** “My philosophy of care is that each patient receives the appropriate attention that is required for treatment, without regard to time. Receiving care in an environment that is not racing against the clock each day will make a positive difference in the health of our patients.” Joseph T. McDonald is an optimistic and precise internist and primary care doctor working in Bethesda, MD. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency. He received additional training in pulmonary and critical care at the Washington Hospital Center. Dr. McDonald provides care for illnesses and performs annual exams, blood work, and vaccinations. He usually provides outpatient services, but occasionally covers the cardiology inpatient services at Washington Hospital Center. Dr. McDonald believes strongly in taking his time with each patient to give the best care. He believes a slower pace has a more positive impact on patient health. In addition to his practice, Dr. McDonald serves as a member of the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education and as a sectional delegate.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross

Specialties

  • Internist
  • Primary Care Doctor

Practice names

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of Kansas, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Kansas, Residency in Internal Medicine
  • Washington Hospital Center, Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1518187137

Dr. Joseph T. McDonald's office location

Your MD, LLC

7505 Democracy Blvd., Suite A-113

Bethesda, MD 20817

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Dr. McDonald is competent, thorough and personable.
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Dr. Joe is a terrific physician who takes the time to listen to what's going on with your complete healthcare picture, asks important questions, and explains his recommendations based on the best available data and evidence.
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Dr. McDonald is the rare physician who actually listens and shows interest in the patient as a whole person.
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Dr. McDonald is by far THE best medical practitioner I have ever encountered. He does not rush through appointments, cares enough and spends the time necessary to listen carefully to his patients and understand their issues, and is genuinelyconcerned for his patients well being. Each patient has his full attention and focus during appointments. He is kind, approachable, thorough, honest and down to earth. He put me at ease the moment I met him which is extremely rare, close to unheard of, for me. Treatment plans are well thought out and discussed in detail with the patient before being suggested. He actually makes himself available by phone for questions or concerns which may arise, (and actually returns phone calls!) and same or next day appointments can be made for urgent issues. Combine his friendly, caring and affable personality with the fact that he is a stellar physician and you just can't get any better medical care, anywhere. This is modern medical care with the feeling of old fashioned, personalized, individualized medicine. No patient is just a name or number on today's appointment schedule at Dr. McDonald's office. What a welcome and refreshing change from most practices! His small, friendly office staff is equally as warm and welcoming. Patients are greeted by name and made to feel at home during what is always only the very short wait to see the doctor. The waiting room is more of a living room in a home than a cold, stark office waiting room. Truly 5-star experience in every respect. Thank you Dr. McDonald and staff! You are awesome!
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An excellent professional who cares to know about is patient and provide excellent medical advice. He is also very homely which makes the visit very comfortable. I highly recommend him.
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He creates a very relaxed and personable atmosphere which makes everyone including his staff feel very comfortable and open. He also brings a great mix of personal and professional bedside manor to his practice that really resonated with me.
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Great doctor with very personal approach. Very refreshing compared to the "in and out in 15 minutes" industry standard. Highly recommend!
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My experience with Dr. Joe was actually the best experience I have ever had with a physician! He is dedicated to his patients and it shows.
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I am a new patient, and today was my first visit. I've not had a PCP due to many years of extensive travel for work, and Dr. McDonald did an excellent job of asking thorough questions to get to know me,and allowed me to get to know him. His office is small, clean, comfortable, and very relaxing - I was offered coffee within minutes of arriving, and Dr. McDonald saw me right away. He's friendly, personable, easy to talk to, and listened to me attentively. It is worth noting that his staff is extremely capable and courteous.
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Dr. McDonald is one of the most thorough, compassionate, and dedicated physicians I have ever met. He listens and it is evident that he cares about his patients' holistic wellbeing.
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Very professional
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My appointment with Dr. McDonald was great. There was no wait time, and he took the time to talk to me about my health (and just chat in general). His office is very nice too.
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simply the best doctor in the DMV.
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The first Time I made an appointment they canceled the next morning and never followed up when I requested a new time and day. The second time I filled out a lengthy online questionnaire and told them what I was lookingfor including that I was not planning to make Dr. McDonald my primary doctor because I have a lengthy history with another physician tied to my disability. Once I sat down with Dr. McDonald he told me that he would not be my doctor and less I made him my primary physician and took all medical direction from him including managing all medication regardless of whether not specialist prescribed it. He said that he was afraid of legal action that could occur if you didn't manage my medication which is hard to believe since this is a common practice in the industry to have more than one doctor prescribing medication. Unfortunately I invested a considerable amount of time preparing, waiting for the appointment twice. My objectives were clear in what I documented yet no one in Dr. McDonald's office bothered to review the material I submitted. Dr. McDonald is basically trying to have a small set up patients and provide boutique like service to them. This was total waste of time and significant effort.
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Dr. Joe was fantastic! He really took the time to talk to me and to listen. I would highly recommend him !!
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Recently switched doctors and glad I found Dr. Joe!
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This was not our first visit to see Dr. McDonald. In each instance of contact with him we have found him to be patient, attentive, and responsive. He is not harried by his schedule. He takes the time for a completepatient history. He asks questions about a patient's desire for treatment and does not push medicines as a panacea. He is not someone who orders batteries of tests and then fails to do anything with the results. His advice made sense to us. He was accessible when we had some follow-up issues. I am a consumer who frequently complains, including in ratings opportunities, but, after spending a year handling some family member medical issues, I think we found a doctor who has the time, skill, and focus to find healing solutions.
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Dr. McDonald is very kind & attentive! He always extends his time to the patients needs. Additionally, the staff is very warm & welcoming! The best part & rare to find today, his staff or the doctor will always call youback within minutes to answer or address and concerns a patient may have!
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Spent a lot of time getting to know me. Addressed all of my concerns.
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This visit was very different from experiences I've had with past PCPs. The office is very tranquil more like the reception area of a spa than a typical Dr.'s office. Office staff was super friendly and brought me a glass ofwater while I was filling out forms. My actual appointment (1st visit) was close to 1 1/2 hrs. The Dr. asked me questions about my history and the current problem I'm having and took time to discuss his background and service philosophy. He did a physical exam and took blood samples, followed by a discussion of my treatment plan. He's very easy to talk to and has a sense of humor. He seems to have a holistic approach-relying on evidence based solutions but also has an interest in non pharmacological treatments to nourish mind as well as body (in my case, meditation was suggested to relieve anxiety). I am scheduled to go back next week. I highly recommend this practice to anyone who is interested in having a personalized experience with a PCP.
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Went to see Dr. McDonald yesterday...what a great guy and so interested in his patients. Reminds me of what going to a doctor used to be like. Focused attention/no rushing the conversation/not aggressive with medicine, etc. looking forward to building a strong relationship with him. Would strongly recommend.
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"Dr. Joe" as we call him is warm and friendly and always available by phone or text. Highly recommended!
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Dr. Joe is my Unicorn PCP. I have a very complex history and he's the first doc to actually take on a coordinating role and, while there's a lot of things with me that can't be 'fixed', Dr. Joe is thefirst doctor to not make things suck more by ordering endless consults and kicking me out to specialist after specialist.
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The initial visit with Dr. McDonald was pleasant. He takes the time to ask all the questions and shows genuine concern for patients' well-being. I plan to return.
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Very impressed - with a friendly professional manner. Thoughtful with clear expertise across a range of treatments - conventional and alternative. Solutions focused and non-hurried - it was really nice to talk through health issues withouta sense of being rushed (or automatically being pushed into expensive drug treatments as the first and only option).
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As a new patient visit, I had for annual physical, and it was simply an outstanding encounter. Dr McDonald has great bedside manner, practices evidence-based medicine, was very thorough and not rushed. Office staff and environment are also great. I'm looking forward to being a patient long term.
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New and Interesting concept of how to deal with patients. We realy appreciated it. Nawfal
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This visit was my initial consultation with Dr McDonald. His description of his approach to each patient and his commitment to the highest level of personalized care was evident.
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refreshing approach to patient care - reminiscent of what medicine and healthcare used to be all about - listening, diagnosing and providing options for treatment and explanations without bias or external factors or time as limitations.
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DR. McDonald has a great program he works with his clients on!!
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