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Dr. Stephen McDonough, MD

Dr. Ravindra Joshi MD, FAAOS, FRCSC

Dr. Stephen McDonough is a board-certified pediatrician who has worked in North Dakota for over 40 years with a special interest in children with chronic medical conditions. He graduated from medical school at the University of Minnesota and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Colorado.

He was the first physician to receive the Physician of the Year Award by Sanford Bismarck in 2013. He received a Star Quilt by the Three-Affiliated Tribes (MHA Nation) Cancer Control Program for his work with breast and cervical cancer prevention while at the North Dakota Department of Health. He was awarded the North Dakota Public Health Worker of the Year in 1987 for his work with tobacco prevention. In 2021, he received the American Academy of Pediatrics Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Dr. McDonough is a strong believer of community service at the local level (Boy Scouts, Bismarck Library Foundation); state level (appointed on boards and councils by four North Dakota Governors); national level (council on physical fitness and for children with genetic conditions); and international level (wildlife conservation of endangered species). He has given presentations to elementary students on animals and habitats for seven years, authored nine children’s books on animals, and has a website of his photography ( designed to connect children with nature.



“Dr. Ramage has been working side by side with all stakeholders of MCHS for many years. He has been committed to the healthcare system during his tenure. I am one of the many whose life was saved as a result of his exceptional ability to diagnose a life-threatening brain bleed. Our community is grateful for Dr. Ramage.”

— Patsy Levang; Keene, ND

“I had surgery on a torn meniscus in Feb 2022 and the entire process was very pleasant and professional. My surgery was done by Dr. Joshi and the referral by Dr. Tomjack. I found both to be very professional. Following the surgery I was forwarded to the Connie Wold Fitness Center for physical therapy and the therapist there that I worked with were professional and knowledgeable. The entire experience was positive and I’m the most excited about the fact that all took place right in Watford City. No more traveling to Bismarck for medical appointments!”

— Marco Pelton; Watford City, ND

“I wanted to thank the hospital staff and doctors for the amazing care I received during my unexpected stay. Your professional care is beyond words. The nurses were very kind and helpful and went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable, and my needs were met …Again thank you from the bottom of my and my family’s heart. God bless each and every one of you!”

— Ernest Lambert; Belcourt, ND

“I had a very good experience with my knee surgery performed by Dr. Joshi. He is very friendly and made me feel very safe about the operation. Recovery was quicker than I anticipated. I highly recommend Dr. Joshi. 5 Stars”

— KellyPeterson; Watford City, ND

“Dr. Ravindra Joshi performed a total hip replacement on me in September 2020. I never imagined what a total success it would be. I’m back walking, hiking, and enjoying life without pain. An added bonus to my surgery was the outstanding care I received in the hospital, at physical therapy, and the long term follow up by Dr. Joshi and his associates.”

— Ron Anderson; Keene, ND

“It’s never easy to see our parents and loved ones age out of staying in their own homes, but our experience with both my mother-in-law, Olga Anderson, and our aunt, Helen Muirhead, showed us this next stage of life can be filled with joy and contentment. BothOlga and Helen lived in the Horizon Assisted Living and later in the Good Shepherd Home. The Horizon facility is beautiful, and Helen was lucky to move into the newly constructed GSH. But the best part of their life in both places was the personal, wonderful loving care they received from the entire staff. The staff treated our loved ones with complete love; we could ask for nothing more.”

— Myra Anderson; Keene, ND

“My mother received wonderful care at the Good Shepherd Home where she was surrounded by loving, caring professionals every day. Although I live in Alabama, moving her here was never a consideration. The quality of care provided at the Good Shepherd Home cannot be matched. My 103-year-old mother was tended for and loved like she was a family member.”

— Evelyn Wilson; Huntsville, AL

Dr. McDonough has Specialized Skills in:

  • Child Nutrition
  • Pediatric Genetic Conditions
  • Disorders in Newborns and Children
  • Disease Control & Preventative Medicine
  • Pediatric Dermatology 

Awards & Accolades

  • American of Academy of Pediatrics Lifetime Achievement Award May 6, 2021
  • Patient Experience Excellence Recognition 2014- Top Ten Physician, 91% percentile compared to peers, Sanford Health, 2nd and 3rd quarters of year
  • Patient Experience Excellence Recognition 2013- Top Ten Physician, 96% percentile compared to peers, Sanford Health, 2nd quarter of year
  • Physician of the Year, first to be awarded, Bismarck Sanford Health, 181 physician group, June 11, 2013, presented by Dr. Craig Lambrecht, CEO Sanford Health, Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Patient Experience Excellence Recognition 2012- Top Ten Physician, 93% percentile compared to peers, Sanford Health
  • Presidential Champions Gold Award June 12, 2011
  • Presidential Champions Silver Award March 5, 2011
  • Presidential Champions Bronze Award February 7, 2011
  • 2008 North Dakota Diabetes Care Pediatric Provider Achievement Gold Award, North Dakota Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
  • 2010 North Dakota Diabetes Care Pediatric Provider Achievement Gold Award, North Dakota Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
  • Certificate of Nomination for the Charles C Shepard Science Award in recognition of the paper Extensive Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from a Child in the New England Journal of Medicine 1999; 341:1491-5 signed by Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – May 11, 2000
  • Presidential Active Lifestyle Award- November 1, 2010
  • Special TFND Ten-Year Recognition Award, Tobacco Free North Dakota – 1996
  • North Dakota Public Health Worker of the Year Award – 1987
  • Minnesota Medical Foundation Student Achievement Award – 1975
  • Member – National Council on Physical Fitness 
  • Member – National Council for Children with Genetic Conditions
  • Authored 9 Childrens’ books on animals

Education & Certifications

  • BA in Microbiology – University of Minnesota, 1969-1973 
  • MD – University of Minnesota, 1973-1977
  • Internship and Residency – University of Colorado, 1977-1980

Dr. McDonough's Favorite Things to do in McKenzie County:

  • Hiking in the Badlands
  • Spending time in nature
  • Nature Photography 
  • Camping