Colleen Doherty, MD

Colleen Doherty, MD

Internist, Medical Writer/Editor


Migraine, Multiple Sclerosis, Headaches


Duke University, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine


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

— Colleen Doherty, MD


Colleen Doherty, MD, is a board-certified internist and medical writer and editor in Chicago, Illinois. She enjoys the challenge of balancing a professional career with her love of being at home caring for her family.

Dr. Doherty 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 overall health.


Dr. Doherty 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.

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