Jay P. McDonald, MD, MPH

Dr. Jay McDonald is a board-certified physician in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management. He treats all types of pain through a multidisciplinary approach using nerve blocks, minimally invasive surgical techniques, medications, and physical therapy. After several years in private practice in Jackson, MS, he moved back home to Memphis and joined Semmes Murphey. Dr. McDonald graduated from Memphis University School and earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of Georgia, majoring in both biology and psychology. He served at the Church Health Center before moving to New Orleans to complete a Master’s in Public Health at Tulane University and a Medical Doctorate at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Anesthesiology, where he was elected chief resident and named resident of the year. Following residency, Dr. McDonald completed a fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Dr. McDonald's focus area includes all spine-related pain. He also specializes in spinal cord stimulators and interventional treatments for headaches.

He lives in Memphis with his wife and two young boys.

Board Certifications:

  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Management
  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology

Professional Societies:

  • Tennessee Pain Society
  • Tennessee Medical Association
  • Memphis Medical Society
  • Mississippi Pain Society
  • Mississippi Medical Association
  • Jackson Spine Society

Press and Research:

  • McDonald, Jay. "Midday Mississippi: Focus on Pain" WLBT television interview. Jackson,  MS. October 26, 2016.
  • McDonald, Jay. (2016, September 13). Breaking chain of pain and opioid addiction. Clarion-Ledger.
  • McDonald, J et.at. “Beyond Respiratory Depression and Constipation: Adverse Effects of Opioids.” Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association, 56 Jul. 2015, pp. 193-195.
  • McDonald J, Oswalt K. Preventing opioid-induced cancer metastasis and recurrence by the use of methylnaltrexone. Mississippi Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Poster Presentation, Philadelphia MS, 2013.

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Guitar
  • SCUBA Diving

Disorders & Treatments

Additional Areas of Expertise

  • Cervical Pain
  • Chest Wall and Rib Pain
  • Coccydynia
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Lumbar Pain
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Post-laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Sacroiliac Pain
  • Sphenopalatine Ganglion Headache Treatment
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic Pain


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