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Physicians: Donald McCartney, MD

DONALD
McCARTNEY, MD

Medical School

The University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio, TX)

Internship

Hamot Medical Center (Erie, PA)

Residency

Hamot Medical Center (Erie, PA)

Fellowship

Louisiana State University Children’s Hospital (New Orleans, LA)

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

PEDIATRIC AND GENERAL ORTHOPEDIC

ELBOW CONDITIONS

Growth Plate Injuries of the Elbow
Medial Apophysitis (Little Leaguer’s Elbow)
Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Elbow

FOOT, ANKLE & LOWER LEG CONDITIONS

Accessory Navicular Problems
Cavus Foot (High-Arched Foot)
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)
Clubfoot (Talipes Equinovarus)

HAND CONDITIONS

Ganglion Cysts of the Hand
Polydactyly of the Hand
Trigger Digit

HIP & THIGH CONDITIONS

Bursitis of the Hip (Trochanteric Bursitis)
Pediatric Femoral Fractures
Perthes Disease
Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)

KNEE CONDITIONS

Meniscus Tear
Osgood-Schlatter Disease
Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee
Patellar Tracking Disorder

SHOULDER CONDITIONS

Burners and Stingers
Clavicle Fracture (Broken Collarbone)
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder Instability

SPINE CONDITIONS

Coccydynia
Kyphosis
Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
Scoliosis
Spondylolisthesis
Spondylosis

PROCEDURES

Ankle Fracture Surgery
Carpal Tunnel Release (Open Technique)
Internal Screw Fixation for Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
ACL Reconstruction (Arthrex® TightRope®)
ACL Reconstruction (Arthrex® RetroScrew)
Arthroscopy
Lateral Release and Medial Imbrication
Loose Body Removal (Knee)
Join Injections (Therapeutic, Shoulder)
Subacromial Injection

As a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, Donald McCartney, MD,

treats childhood sprains and fractures, growth disturbances, walking abnormalities, deformities of spine and skeleton (such as scoliosis and clubfeet), cerebral palsy, and many other childhood skeletal problems. He also treats adults with residual deformities or functional deficits from childhood pathology.

There are few things more gratifying than seeing a child with an injury or a disability gain the freedom of movement again. And there are few people who know that feeling better than Donald K. McCartney, MD. Growing up with a radiologist father, Dr. McCartney knew he wanted to be a doctor since the third grade, “although I didn’t know what that really meant at the time. But I pretty well stuck with that idea.”

Initially pursuing pediatric medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center, he found his calling during a pediatric orthopedics rotation. “It was a revelation,” he said. “I like kids in general; they’re fun. And pediatric orthopedics is very cerebral. You’re not just healing, you’re looking at the physiology of bones and growth and how those are affected in the long run.”

Beyond his work in adult and pediatric orthopedics, Dr. McCartney has worked around the world to help children in need. He has taken numerous trips to places like Guatemala, Colombia and Brazil where his skills have changed countless lives. 

“I was drawn to missionary work because my dad traveled with a group of doctors down to Mexico and my mom was the daughter of a missionary who did work in China,” he said. “My wife grew up in mission field, so there’s a lot of mission work in my background.”

Closer to home in Aiken, he worked with a team of physical therapists to launch a waterskiing program for disabled children called Wee Can Ski.  An avid outdoorsman, you can often find Dr. McCartney on a hunting expedition when he’s not working, or at his lake house where he spends time with his six grandchildren.

Personalized pediatric orthopedic care

We take every child’s healing very seriously. Kids and teens aren’t just little grown-ups. Their small joints and growing bones and muscles require specialized care.

Each year, Optim Orthopedics cares for thousands of young patients with orthopedic concerns, ranging from minor sports injuries, such as sprains and concussions, to more serious musculoskeletal ailments, such as fractures and torn ligaments.

As a fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic physicians we pride ourself on our compassion, our experience and our training. Kate Brooker my certified physician assistant, myself and staff collaborate to diagnose, treat, and manage any bone, joint, or muscle problem, whether your child has a sprained ankle, difficulty walking, sports injury, minor/major fracture or congenital abnormality.

Pediatric orthopedic treatment and conditions

When you bring your child to us, we’ll start by getting to know them and their health history. We’ll also recommend nonsurgical treatments whenever possible.

 

We’ll use kid-friendly language as we explain testing procedures such as MRIs and CT scans. And if we do recommend surgery, we’ll help prepare both you and your child for the experience.

We care for your children for everything from their first broken bone to complex congenital conditions. We’re here for you all the way through to rehabilitation and physical therapy. And we’re committed to working with you, your child and your primary care provider to find a treatment plan that works for you.

KATE BROOKER, PA-C

Kate Brooker is a physician assistant to Donald McCartney, MD, for Pediatric Orthopedics. Kate earned her Bachelor of Science from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga followed by completing a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at South University. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

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