Douglas Dougherty, DO, FAAP
Dr. Dougherty is one of the co-founding physicians of Village Pediatrics and consequently considers the practice as an extension of who he truly is. Since a young age, Dr. Dougherty knew he wanted to work with children in the medical field and after years of education and training was able to make this dream a reality by devoting his career to easing the comfort of young patients. He brings with him a wealth of experience in health care with a particular specialization in pediatric care. With his leadership and knowledge, the center has been able to effectively serve many patients over the last 17 years.
Dr. Dougherty began his educational career in 1982 and for the next 8 years, devoted his life to studying and enhancing his knowledge in the science and medical arenas. His first experience in the field of medicine was a study in Biology at the State University of New York at Geneseo. After successfully completing this course he obtained his Bachelor of Science specializing in Biology and Chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany.
Dr. Dougherty had no doubt that his next educational pursuit would be in the medical field so soon after completing his bachelor’s degree with an impressive magna cum laude status, he delved into his Doctor of Osteopathy course at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury. He spent the next four years, from 1986 to 1990 working hard to understand the intricacies of the medical field, and completed the degree successfully in 1990. To supplement this degree he was certified as a Diplomate by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners in 1991.
From 1991 to 1994, he took up his residency in Pediatrics at Winthrop-University Hospital, a medical center known for its well-established pediatric care and training facility. Dr. Dougherty often refers to his time as a resident in Winthrop as being his greatest learning experience as it gave him an opportunity to work with different pediatric specialties and a range of different ailments. He was selected as Chief Resident during his final year of residency and after the successful completion of his residency, he was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1995.
Apart from his three year long residency with Winthrop-University Hospital, Dr. Dougherty also participated in a rotating internship between 1990 and 1991 with Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. In 1994 soon after completing his program with Winthrop, he co-founded Village Pediatrics, a pediatric health care center dedicated to providing care and relief to young children suffering from a myriad of conditions. With his wealth of training and experience obtained from a lengthy and comprehensive residency, he was able to immediately connect with a number of patients and over the last 17 years has put an end to the worries and anxieties of countless parents.
In addition to his work with Village Pediatrics, Dr. Dougherty is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stony Brook School of Medicine New York. Dr. Dougherty is also an active volunteer in his community. He currently is a recurring speaker in the "Up We Grow" early adolescent program in local schools.
Dr. Dougherty has spent the last 20 years on learning the best and most practical ways to heal and comfort young children. At Village Pediatrics, he lends his philosophy and goals towards optimal health care for all the patients and their families.