Colleen Doherty, MD


  • Board-certified internist
  • Member of the American College of Physicians and American Headache Society
  • Previously worked as an internist in a private practice affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago


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.

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 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.

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