Colleen Doherty, MD


Colleen Doherty, MD is a board certified internist and member of the American College of Physicians and American Headache Society.


Colleen Doherty, MD is a 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 two sons and husband.

Dr. Doherty also has multiple sclerosis, diagnosed during her second year of medical school. She understands well the challenge of balancing the demands and unpredictability of a chronic illness with a career, family, and everyday obligations and tasks.

Her biggest daily struggle is MS-related fatigue, which she copes with by walking daily, eating nutritious meals, keeping a positive attitude, and using her secret weapon (a steaming cup of uber strong coffee). She hopes to inspire others to be proactive in their MS and overall health and well-being.


Colleen Doherty, MD graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. She completed her medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Dr. Doherty worked as a primary care physician at a private practice affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, prior to beginning her career as a medical writer and editor.

A Word From Colleen Doherty, MD

Living with a health condition affects all aspects of your life, especially if it is chronic. The good news is that with knowledge and support, you can be happy and productive living with almost any disease. It will be a learning curve and take patience and a dive into your deepest, resilient self, but it can be done.

A Little Note from Dr. Doherty

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