"I have a job that allows me to do something I love to do—problem solve and operate—and the opportunity to directly improve someone's life."

Jeannie MacDonald MD, MA, FRCSC


Dr. Jeannie MacDonald


As a Royal College certified plastic surgeon and the only fellowship trained craniofacial surgeon in the Fraser Valley, Dr. Jeannie Macdonald understands beauty from the inside out.

Dr. MacDonald always knew she wanted to work with her hands. Before deciding to go to medical school she considered becoming a mechanic. But her love of science and her interest in art and design drew her to university instead. There she discovered plastic surgery as the way to combine all her passions.

Dr. MacDonald graduated from medical school at Dalhousie. She began her plastic surgical training at the University of Western Ontario and completed her training in plastic and reconstructive surgeon at UBC. She then completed a fellowship in facial reconstructive surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. MacDonald also earned a Masters in Surgical Education at the University of Southern Illinois.

With extensive experience in facial implant remodeling and reconstruction, Dr MacDonald has a special interest and expertise in facial surgery and body contouring. She has practiced for more than a decade helping people in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver.

A typical week for Dr. MacDonald includes seeing patients in her office for problems of the hand, breast, face and skin. She is a clinical instructor at UBC and performs surgery at the Royal Columbian, Eagle Ridge, Surrey Memorial Hospitals and the Ambulatory Surgical Centre in Vancouver. In addition she sits on RCH committee and is pursuing leadership training.


Education and Surgical Training

2006    Craniofacial Fellowship, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA

2006    General Trauma Fellowship, St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC

2005    Plastic Surgery Residency, University of British Columbia, BC

2001    Masters of Arts in Surgical Education, University of Illinois,

2001    General Surgery Residency, Dalhousie University, NS

1998    Doctor of Medicine, Dalhousie University, NS

1994    Bachelor of Education, Dalhousie University, NS

1993    Bachelor of Science - Honors, Dalhousie University, NS

1992    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dalhousie University, NS


Clinical Appointments

  • Full-time staff Fraser Health Authority : RCH; ERH; PSA; SMH
  • Clinical Instructor UBC Plastic Surgery Division


Professional Certificates, Licenses & Memberships:

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada

American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Society of Plastic Surgeons


Volunteer Work:

Dr MacDonald volunteers for Operation Smile
Dr MacDonald volunteers for Operation Smile


Over the past 16 years, Operation Smile has provided free medical care to more than 4,100 patients in Peru with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.
Dr MacDonald volunteered for Operation Smile in Peru in 2007



MacDonald J, Lennox P. Unusual etiology of simultaneous deep space hand infection and necrotizing fasciitis of the foot: A case report and review of the literature. Plast Reconstr Surg, 116(1):10e-13e, 2005.

MacDonald J, Zhong T, Lazares A, Gan B, Harth >M. Vasculitis associated with the use of leflunomide. J Rheum, 31(10):2076-8, 2004.

MacDonald J, Matic D, Latham RA. (Abstract) The role of palato-alveolar molding in the current management of cleft lip and palate: A multi-institution review. Can J Plast Surg, 11(2):114, 2003.

MacDonald J, Williams RG, Rogers LJ, Ketchum, J. A lay person vs a trained endoscopist: Can the Preop endoscopy simulator detect a difference? Surg Endo, 17(6):896-8, 2003.

MacDonald J, Williams RG, Rogers DA. Self-assessment in simulation-based surgical skills training. Am J Surg, 185:319-322, 2003.

Rogers DA, Regehr G, MacDonald J. A role for error training in surgical technical skill instruction and evaluation. Am J Surg, 183:242-245, 2002.

MacDonald, J. Evaluation of learning resources by year 1 and 2 medical students in a problem-based and self-directed learning environment, Thesis publication. IL, 2001.