Dr. McDonald is the Deputy Commissioner for Population Health for the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH). Dr. McDonald previously served at TDH as Assistant Commissioner for Family Health and Wellness where she led TDH efforts in maternal and child health, chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and supplemental nutrition. Dr. McDonald is board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and has served as a primary care clinician in safety net clinics for over 10 years. She also focused on program management, workforce development, patient and community engagement, and quality improvement. Dr. McDonald worked as associate program director for medicine pediatrics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Vanderbilt University and completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. McDonald is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians.