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Texas Health Fort Worth Names Its First Female Chief of Medical Staff

FORT WORTH, Texas — This year, Dr. Cheryl McDonald became the first female chief of the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in the hospital’s 82-year history.

Dr. Cheryl McDonald
Dr. Cheryl McDonald
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McDonald, an infectious disease specialist, has been a member of the hospital’s medical staff since 1998. During that time she has served in numerous leadership roles, including secretary of the medical staff, chief, vice chief, secretary of the medical staff’s internal medicine division and chair of the quality assurance committee.

“I’m honored to make history at Texas Health Fort Worth as the first female chief of staff, and look forward to serving such a dedicated group of physicians for the remainder of my term,” said McDonald.

McDonald is board-certified in infectious disease. She earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 1985 and earned a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1989. She completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1990-92 and a fellowship in infectious disease at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center from 1993-97.

She is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, the Infectious Disease Society of America, the HIV Medicine Association, the Texas Club of Internists, and the Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 726-bed, Magnet-designated regional referral center that has served the residents of Tarrant County since 1930. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is also home to the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Fort Worth has more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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