paul mcdonough md

State of the Art, Minimally Invasive Procedures

paul mcdonough md

Bringing Cutting Edge Spine Surgery to the Big Country Since 2001

paul mcdonough md

Fellowship Trained in Spine Surgery: Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar

100% Spine Only Practice

Spine Specialist

paul mcdonough md

Education & Experience

    • Fellowship Trained in Spine Surgery – University of Wisconsin


    • Residency – UCLA Orthopedic Surgery


    • Medical School – UCLA – 1st in class in surgery


    • Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


    • Dr. McDonough has performed over 7,000 surgeries in Abilene

Fellowship Trained in Spine Surgery

A spine fellowship is the highest level of training available for spine surgery in the United States.  Some orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons, at the conclusion of their standard medical training, undergo advanced training devoted entirely to spine surgery.  This allows the opportunity to be involved in cutting edge research and surgery.  There is exposure to very complex disorders and problems, and provides training in the newest and most advanced techniques and equipment.

Awards in Clinical & Academics

*Winner of the Longmire Medal – given to the medical student graduating number one in his class


*Graduated AOA – the top 10% of the class in Medical School


*Awarded the Spine Surgery Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin


*100th Percentile on the intraining exams during residency at UCLA

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Spine Conditions & Procedures

Spine disease may be caused by degeneration, trauma, or physiological defect of tissue, bones or vertebrae, resulting in pain or discomfort to various locations of the spine and surrounding anatomy.

Surgical intervention may be an effective option in restoring mobility, correcting malformities of the spine, healing trauma, and resolving chronic pain when alternatives are unsuccessful. Learn more about differing spine pathologies and surgical treatments.

Fellowship Trained in Spine Surgery

Dr. McDonough is the only fellowship trained spine surgeon between the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and Lubbock.  He trained under the direction of  Dr. Thomas Zdeblick, a world-renowned spine surgeon.  Fellowship training allowed one-on-one mentorship.  Dr. Zdeblick has developed and refined many new techniques and surgical instruments that have improved spine surgery over the last 15 years.