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Dr. Sarah D. McDonald is the first Canada Research Chair in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, at McMaster University where she is a Professor. This followed her Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award for salary support in 2009 as well as the CIHR award for Rising Star in Perinatal Research.  

She is also an Associate Member of the Departments of Clinical Epidemiology, and Biostatistics and Diagnostic Imaging.  In addition she holds Graduate Faculty Status, Health Research Methodology (HRM).  Her clinical work deals with high risk pregnancies.

She received her MD from the University of Toronto, her Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency from the University of Ottawa and her Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship from the University of Toronto.  In addition, in 2006 at the University of Toronto, she completed her MSc in Clinical Epidemiology, forming the basis of her research.  Prior to coming to McMaster, Dr. McDonald was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Ottawa and an Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Health Research Institute.

She is delighted to mentor faculty,  fellow, residents, graduate and other students. Through the Clinician-Investigator Teams in Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine, Dr McDonald, with the University of Toronto to provides Scientific Mentorship to Beth Murray Davis, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Midwifery Education Program, and Dr Nir Melamed (Sunnybrooke) and Dr Howard Berger (St Mike’s) along with Drs Jon Barrett, Joel Ray and Mike Geary.

Please see Dr. McDonald's team website at  for further details, job postings, publications and awards. 

Research Interests

Her research program examines two prevalent, serious and inter-related conditions that are impacting both pregnant women and their infants in Canada:

  1. Excess maternal pre-pregnancy weight, and
  2. Excess weight gain during pregnancy.
  3. Preterm birth.


►Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)  Grants

► Ministry of Health Academic Funding Plan (Hamilton Academic Health Sciences Organization
Innovation Fund (HAHSO AFP)


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  • BA (Princeton)
  • MD (Toronto)
  • FRCSC (Ottawa)
  • MSc Clinical Epidemiology (Toronto)

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