Halliday C. McDonald, M.D.

Dr. Halliday C. McDonald is a board-certified Dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. She has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of skin conditions, including skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, eczema, nail disorders, alopecia, pigmentary disorders, and many others. Dr. McDonald is dedicated to providing compassionate and quality care to each patient in an individualized manner. She is passionate about sun protection and skin cancer prevention. She believes in teaching her patients to be active participants in the health of their skin. She performs voluntary skin cancer screenings each year, and she is committed to the early detection of skin cancer.

Dr. McDonald is also an expert in aesthetic procedures including injectable neurotoxins, fillers, chemical peels, sclerotherapy, and more. She believes in the customization of each individual patient’s needs to achieve a natural cosmetic result.

Dr. McDonald has been recognized multiple times as one of Texas Monthly’s Super Doctors Rising Stars. These are doctors who have excelled early in their careers and are trusted and sought out by colleagues for medical care and advice, according to the selection criteria.

Dr. McDonald and her family moved to Austin in 2011. She enjoys playing tennis, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her husband and three children.


Residency: U.T. Southwestern, Dermatology; 2006-2009
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern – Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society; 2001-2005
Internship: Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Internal Medicine; 2005-2006
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin; 1997-2001

Professional Affiliations

Board Certified, American Board of Dermatology
Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
Member, Austin Dermatological Society
Member, Texas Dermatological Society
Member, Travis County Medical Society
Member, Texas Medical Association


Austin Monthly’s Top Doctors (Dermatologist); 2024
Texas Monthly Super Doctors; 2021, 2022, 2023
Texas Monthly Rising Stars; 2017, 2018, 2019
Alpha Omega Alpha; 2004-present
Dermatology Clinic Chief Resident; 2008-2009
Southwestern Medical Foundation Scholarship for Academic Achievement; 2001-2003
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship; 1997-2000
University Honors; 1998-2001
Phi Beta Kappa; 2000


I had a great experience at Central Texas Dermatology. Kim at the front desk was helpful and welcoming and my appointment was quick but thorough and I was pleased that Dr. Halliday answered all my questions and was honest that solving my problems might not be a one stop shop solution (although, I think it has been). Very happy I made it in to see them after years of dealing with acne of varying degrees of severity.

– Alison Skyles

Dr. McDonald is INCREDIBLE. She is realistic about results and always errs on the safe side when doing any procedure or prescribing medication. She has great “bedside manner” and makes you feel like you’re talking to a friend (who happens to be a highly qualified medical professional with expertise and experience). On one occasion a couple years back, I had a slight issue with one of the staff members. When I mentioned the situation to Dr. McDonald, she took it seriously and it never happened again. They are very responsive and focused on patient happiness and care. I have nothing but great things to say about this practice and recommend it to all of my friends. If I ever have to move from Austin, there is a good chance I will fly or drive back to see Dr. McDonald–yes, she’s that good. Normally I don’t leave Google Reviews, but I felt the three star rating from only having two reviews did not do justice to this awesome group of practitioners.

– Allison Lowry