Matthew McDonough is a native of Northeast Arkansas, having been born at St. Bernards and raised in Jonesboro. After graduating from Jonesboro High School, he obtained his undergraduate education at Arkansas State University, earning a B.S. in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry. He then matriculated to the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry where he completed his dental education and obtained a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS).
Following dental school, Dr. McDonough completed two one-year internships in oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS)one at the University of Texas Southwestern/John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas and another at St. Lukes Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He then completed a four-year residency and certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he received extensive instruction in the diagnosis and treatment of a myriad afflictions of the face, mouth, and jaws and the management of complex surgical patients. He is well-trained and offers exceptional skill in all areas of the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
After graduating from residency, Dr. McDonough worked in private practice in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio for four years before making the easy decision to return to his hometown to join the well-established practice of Dr. James Phillips.
Dr. McDonough is passionate about his profession and his community. He holds privileges and voluntarily takes call at both St. Bernards Regional Medical Center and NEA Baptist Hospitals in Jonesboro. As the only oral surgeon currently taking call in the region, he helps to provide a specialized service to the citizens of Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.
In 2018, Dr. McDonough was appointed to the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners by Governor Asa Hutchinson and currently serves as the Boards vice-president. By extension of his Board service, Dr. McDonough also serves as a dental examiner for the Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA), an organization that evaluates and examines clinical performance skills of senior dental students and dentists who seek to obtain state dental licenses. He is also an active member of several professional organizations, including being a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and a member of the Arkansas State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Association, Arkansas State Dental Association, and Northeast Arkansas District Dental Society, where he serves on the executive committee.
When not in clinic or in the operating room, he enjoys watching college sports. He is an ardent and faithful supporter of Arkansas State University and can be found most Saturdays in the fall at Centennial Bank Stadium dressed in some combination of scarlet and black. Other hobbies include traveling and reading. He is a member of Valley View Church of Christ in Jonesboro.