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Tanya Joelle Williams McDonald, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

Specializes in: Adults (18+ years)



Epilepsy, Epilepsy and Pregnancy, Neurology


Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Dr. Tanya J. W. McDonald focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and seizures. Her specific interests include dietary therapies for adults with epilepsy, evaluations for seizure surgery and epilepsy in women (including considerations during pregnancy).

Her research focuses on the impact of ketogenic diets like the modified Atkins diets, on cardiovascular health measures in adults with epilepsy.

Dr. McDonald completed her undergraduate studies at Emory University and received her medical and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. She trained in neurology and epilepsy at Johns Hopkins and is board certified in neurology and epilepsy. more


  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Weill Cornell Medicine (2012)


  • Neurology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2016)


  • Epilepsy; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2018)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Epilepsy) (2017)
  • American Board of Psychiatry And Neurology (Neurology) (2016)

Research & Publications

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