Colleen Doherty, MD



Colleen Doherty, MD, is a doctor and medical writer in Chicago, Illinois. She enjoys the challenge of balancing a professional career with her love of being at home, caring for her two sons and husband.

While the field of internal medicine is vast, Colleen has developed a particular interest in headaches and migraines. This passion was sparked not only by her own journey of being a migraineur, but also by her patients', as headache is one of the most common concerns patients voice to their doctors.

Colleen also has multiple sclerosis, diagnosed during her second year of medical school. She understands well the difficulty of balancing the demands and unpredictability of a chronic illness with a career and family. She hopes to inspire others to be proactive in their headache and overall health.


Colleen graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. She completed her medical degree at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine and her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

A Word From Colleen Doherty, MD

My philosophy when writing health-related content, and when caring for others as a physician, is to consider the whole individual. This means understanding the psychosocial, economic, and emotional implications of a person's disease. As a physician, writer, mother, and person living with a chronic illness, I hope my knowledge and compassion will inspire you to take charge and be an advocate for your health and well-being.

Remember that the information on this site should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition or emergency. The site is for basic informational purposes and is not intended to  replace the advice of your physician, especially when it comes to complex medical questions. If you have any concerns or questions relating to your own health, please contact your healthcare provider. Call 911 if you are having a medical emergency.

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