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Megan E. McDonald, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Gynecologic Oncology

Contact Information



MD, Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Resident, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Fellow, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Licensure and Certifications

Medical License - Iowa Board of Medicine
Society of Advanced Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons in Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery


Gonzalez Bosquet, J., Devor, E. J., Newtson, A. M., Smith, B. J., Bender, D. P., Goodheart, M. J., McDonald, M. E., Braun, T. A., Thiel, K. W. & Leslie, K. K. (2021). Creation and validation of models to predict response to primary treatment in serous ovarian cancer. Scientific reports, 11(1), 5957. PMID: 33727600.

Ulmer, K., McDonald, M. E. & Kowalski, J. T. (2021). Case Report: Biologic graft placement with subsequent radiation therapy following radical vulvectomy for adenoid cystic carcinoma of the Bartholin's gland. (Vols. 36). pp. 100736. Gynecologic oncology reports. PMID: 33732851.

Weeks, K., Lynch, C. F., West, M., Carnahan, R., O'Rorke, M., Oleson, J., McDonald, M., Stewart, S. L. & Charlton, M. (2020). Rural disparities in surgical care from gynecologic oncologists among Midwestern ovarian cancer patients. Gynecologic oncology. PMID: 33218682.

Weeks, K. S., Herbach, E., McDonald, M. E., Charlton, M. & Schweizer, M. L. (2020). Meta-Analysis of VTE Risk: Ovarian Cancer Patients by Stage, Histology, Cytoreduction, and Ascites at Diagnosis. Obstet Gynecol Int,(eCollection 2020), 2020:2374716. DOI: doi: 10.1155/2020/2374716.

Weeks, K. S., Lynch, C. F., West, M., McDonald, M., Carnahan, R., Stewart, S. L., Ovarian Cancer Treatment Study, & Charlton, M. (2020). Impact of Rurality on Stage IV Ovarian Cancer at Diagnosis: A Midwest Cancer Registry Cohort Study. J Rural Health, 36(4), 468-475. PMID: 32077162.

Lyons, Y. A., Reyes, H. D., McDonald, M. E., Newtson, A., Devor, E., Bender, D. P., Goodheart, M. J. & Gonzalez Bosquet, J. (2020). Interval debulking surgery is not worth the wait: a National Cancer Database study comparing primary cytoreductive surgery versus neoadjuvant chemotherapy. International journal of gynecological cancer : official journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society. PMID: 32341114.

Loftus, R. W., Dexter, F., Goodheart, M. J., McDonald, M., Keech, J., Noiseux, N., Pugely, A., Sharp, W., Sharafuddin, M., Lawrence, W. T., Fisher, M., McGonagill, P., Shanklin, J., Skeete, D., Tracy, C., Erickson, B., Granchi, T., Evans, L., Schmidt, E., Godding, J., Brenneke, R., Persons, D., Herber, A., Yeager, M., Hadder, B. & Brown, J. R. (2020). The Effect of Improving Basic Preventive Measures in the Perioperative Arena on Staphylococcus aureus Transmission and Surgical Site Infections: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA network open, 3(3), e201934. PMID: 32219407.

Ayoub, H., McDonald, M. E. (2020). Maintenance Therapy in the Primary Treatment of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer. In Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. (1), pp. 80-85. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. PMID: 31876639.

Gnade, C., McDonald, M. E. (2020). Maintenance Therapy in the Treatment of Recurrent Epithelial Ovarian Cancer. In Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. (1), pp. 86-91. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Salinas, E. A., Miller, M. D., Newtson, A. M., Sharma, D., McDonald, M. E., Keeney, M. E., Smith, B. J., Bender, D. P., Goodheart, M. J., Thiel, K. W., Devor, E. J., Leslie, K. K. & Gonzalez Bosquet, J. (2019). A Prediction Model for Preoperative Risk Assessment in Endometrial Cancer Utilizing Clinical and Molecular Variables. International journal of molecular sciences, 20(5). PMID: 30857319.

McDonald, M. E., Salinas, E. A., Devor, E. J., Newtson, A. M., Thiel, K. W., Goodheart, M. J., Bender, D. P., Smith, B. J., Leslie, K. K. & Gonzalez-Bosquet, J. (2019). Molecular Characterization of Non-responders to Chemotherapy in Serous Ovarian Cancer. International Journal of Molecular Science, 20(5). PMID: 30866519.

McDonald, M. E., Bender, D. P. (2019). Endometrial Cancer: Obesity, Genetics, and Targeted Agents. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am, 46(1), 89-105. PMID: 30683268.

Wagner, V., Winn, H., Newtson, A., Bender, D. & McDonald, M. (2018). HCG production by mucinous adenocarcinoma of the ovary in a reproductive aged woman. Gynecology Oncology Reports, 26, 102-104.

Meng, X., Bi, J., Li, Y., Yang, S., Zhang, Y., Li, M., Liu, H., Li, Y., McDonald, M. E., Thiel, K. W., Wen, K. K., Wang, X., Wu, M. & Leslie, K. K. (2018). AZD1775 Increases Sensitivity to Olaparib and Gemcitabine in Cancer Cells with p53 Mutations. Cancers (Basel), 10(5). PMID: 29783721.

Kremer, K. M., McDonald, M. E. & Goodheart, M. J. (2017). Uterine Clostridium perfringens infection related to gynecologic malignancy. Gynecologic Oncology Reports, 22, 55-57. PMID: 29034307.

Reyes, H. D., Miecznikowski, J., Gonzalez-Bosquet, J., Devor, E. J., Zhang, Y., Thiel, K. W., Samuelson, M. I., McDonald, M. E., Stephan, J. M., Hanjani, P., Guntupalli, S., Tewari, K. S., Backes, F., Ramirez, N., Fleming, G. F., Filiaci, V., Birrer, M. J. & Leslie, K. K. (2017). High stathmin expression is a marker for poor clinical outcome in endometrial cancer: An NRG oncology group/gynecologic oncology group study. Gynecol Oncol, 146(2), 247-253. PMID: 28532857.

McDonald, M. E., Mattson, J. & Hill, E. (2017). Profound sensorineural hearing loss after one cycle of intraperitoneal cisplatin in treatment of advanced ovarian cancer. Gynecologic oncology reports, 20, 103-104. PMID: 28393095.

Stephan, J. M., Goodheart, M. J., McDonald, M., Hansen, J., Reyes, H. D., Button, A. & Bender, D. (2016). Robotic surgery in supermorbidly obese patients with endometrial cancer. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 213(1), 49.e1-8. PMID: 25644437.

Reyes, H. D., Carlson, M. J., Devor, E. J., Zhang, Y., Thiel, K. W., Samuelson, M. I., McDonald, M., Yang, S., Stephan, J. M., Savage, E. C., Dai, D., Goodheart, M. J. & Leslie, K. K. (2016). Downregulation of FOX01 mRNA levels predicts treatment failure in patients with endometrial pathology conservatively managed with progestin-containing intrauterine devices. Gynecol Oncol, 140(1), 152-60. PMID: 26524723.

McDonald, M. E., Ramirez, P. T., Munsell, M. F., Greer, M., Burke, W. M., Naumann, W. T. & Frumovitz, M. (2014). Physician pain and discomfort during minimally invasive gynecologic cancer surgery. Gynecologic oncology, 134(2), 243-7. PMID: 24887354.

Stephan, J. M., Hansen, J., Samuelson, M., McDonald, M., Chin, Y., Bender, D., Reyes, H. D., Button, A. & Goodheart, M. J. (2014). Intra-operative frozen section results reliably predict final pathology in endometrial cancer. Gynecol Oncol, 133(3), 499-505. PMID: 24699308.

Stephan, J., McDonald, M., Hansen, J. & Goodheart, M. (2013). Vaginal placement of a single incision laparoscopic device to facilitate lymph node removal in gynecologic cancer surgery: A novel technique. Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.