Children’s Specialized Hospital Appoints New Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

June 06, 2018

Matthew B. McDonald, III, M.D., has been appointed Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital. In this role, he will oversee the medical staff and medical services across the organization and their 13 sites throughout New Jersey.

“I am thrilled to announce Dr. McDonald’s new position as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital,” said Warren E. Moore, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital. “Over the years, he has brought outstanding compassion and dedication to the patients and families we serve, as well as an innovative approach to care delivery that benefits our entire community.”

Dr. McDonald joined Children’s Specialized Hospital in 2014 as the Section Chief of Special Needs Pediatrics. While in this role, he guided a multidisciplinary team to develop the first National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Medical Home in New Jersey for children with special health care needs and medical complexities and led the expansion of Children’s Specialized Hospital’s second Special Needs Primary Care location in Hamilton, NJ which is dedicated to providing primary care to children with special health care needs and their siblings.

Since 2016, Dr. McDonald has served as President of the Medical Staff and in October 2017, he became the Associate Vice President and Medical Director of Outpatient Services before taking on the role of Interim Chief Medical Officer in March 2018. Throughout his time at Children’s Specialized Hospital, Dr. McDonald’s primary mission has been to improve care delivery to every patient through innovations and partnerships. He continues to focus on providing care to the five percent of children living with the most complex medical needs and consistently looks for ways to provide individualized, seamless care to patients and their families.

Prior to joining Children’s Specialized Hospital, Dr. McDonald received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and then completed his residency and served as Chief Resident at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. While at St. Christopher’s he also held the position of Attending Hospitalist and Special Needs Pediatrician within the Center for Children with Special Healthcare Needs.

Additionally, Dr. McDonald served as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University and an Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program receiving multiple teaching awards for excellence in medical education. Not only has he delivered multiple local and national presentations surrounding the topics of resident education, quality improvement education and clinical reasoning, but Dr. McDonald has also been an invited national educator for the American Academy of Pediatrics and honored as a visiting professor on the topic of medical education and adult learning.

Dr. McDonald is a current Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has served as the Principal Investigator on the NJ Governor’s Council Grant for the Autism Health Needs Medical Homes Project and the NJ Governor’s Council Grant on Transition for Children with Autism.

In his free time, Dr. McDonald enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters, especially volunteering as a coach for their local youth soccer and basketball clubs.

Children’s Specialized Hospital
Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges – from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At 13 different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective so each child can reach their full potential.