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Michael J. Doherty, MD, FAAN

Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
I offer prompt, courteous and state-of-the-art epilepsy care.
Tufts University School of Medicine
Medical School
University of Washington School of Medicine
Professional Associations
Personal Interests
I enjoy clinical research, reading, fly-fishing, studying the history of neurology and time spent with my family.
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neuro/epilepsy
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Epilepsy
Clinical Interests
  • absence epilepsy
  • ambulatory eeg
  • arteriovenous malformation
  • childhood epilepsy
  • drop attack
  • eeg telemetry
  • electroencephalography
  • epilepsy
  • epilepsy clinical trials
  • epilepsy diet therapy
  • epileptic aphasia
  • epileptic confusional state
  • epileptic twilight state
  • evaluation for epilepsy surgery
  • familial epilepsy
  • first seizure clinic
  • focal seizures
  • generalized seizures
  • grand mal status epilepticus
  • lennox-gastaut syndrome
  • loss of consciousness
  • maternal neurologic disorders
  • maternal seizures
  • myoclonic seizures
  • myoclonus
  • new onset seizure
  • nonepileptic event
  • petit mal status
  • post traumatic seizures
  • pseudoseizure
  • psychogenic nonepileptic seizures
  • rasmussen syndrome
  • simple partial seizures
  • status epilepticus
  • temporal lobe epilepsy
  • temporal sclerosis
  • tuberous sclerosis
  • vagus nerve stimulation
  • wada testing

Warner NM, Gwinn RP, Doherty MJ. Individualizing therapies with responsive epilepsy neurostimulation - A mirtazapine case study of hippocampal excitability. Epilepsy and Behavior Case Reports. 2016;6:70-72.

Dong AX, Gwinn RP, Warner NM, Caylor LM, Doherty MJ. Mitigating bit flips or single event upsets in epilepsy neurostimulators. Epilepsy Behavior Case Reports. 2016 Apr 14;5:72-74

Isaacson JE,  Choe DJ, Doherty MJ. Creatine Phosphokinase elevation exacerbated by levetiracetam therapy. Epilepsy and Behavior Case Reports. 2014;2:189-191.

Brandt AM, Doherty MJ. VEEG models of seizure frequency- Do SSRI medications or vitamin D supplements alter seizure collections? Epilepsy Behavior.2014;41:208-209.

Jung AK, Henson JW, Susanto D, Caylor LM, Doherty MJ. Holohemispheric Developmental Venous Anomaly. Neurology 2013;80:1718-1719 

Godfred RM, Parikh MS, Haltiner AM, Caylor LM, Sepkuty JP, Doherty MJ. Does Aspirin use make it harder to collect seizures during elective video-EEG telemetry? Epilepsy and Behavior.2013;27:115-117

Parikh MS, Haltiner AM, de Menezes MS, Caylor LM, Sepkuty JP, Simon EA, Schoenfeld JL, Doherty MJ. Nicotine patches- do they influence seizure number, stay durations or seizure rate during video EEG telemetry? Epilepsy and Behavior. 2012;3:389-391

Morrell MJ on behalf of the RNS system in epilepsy study group. Responsive Cortical Stimulation for the treatment of medically intractable partial epilepsy. Neurology; 2011:77:1295-1304

Doherty MJ, Sloan D. Tourette Syndrome and Epilepsy- a strange case of possible sudden unexpected death. Epilepsy Behav. 2010;17:285-286.

Doherty MJ, Youn CE, Haltiner AM, Watson NF. Do weather related ambient atmospheric pressure changes influence sleep-disordered breathing? J Clin Sleep Med. 2010;6:152-6.

Doherty MJ, Wonsuk K, Youn CE, Haltiner AM, Oakley JC, Drane DL, Miller JW. Do Atmospheric pressure changes influence seizure occurrence in the epilepsy monitoring unit? Epilepsy Behav. 2009;16:80-81.

Miller JW, Anderson GD, Doherty MJ, Poolos NP. Position statement on the coverage of anticonvulsant drugs for the treatment of epilepsy: what's the problem with generic antiepileptic drugs? A call to action. Neurology. 2007;69: 1245-6

Watson NF, Woo D, Doherty MJ, Frohman EM, Racke MK, De Baets M, Hartung H-P, Kieseier BC, Steve O. Humoral Immune Responses after Rabies Infection. Archives of Neurology. 2007;64:1355-1356

Doherty MJ, Youn C, Gwinn RP, Haltiner AM. Atmospheric pressure and seizure frequency in the Epilepsy unit: preliminary observations. Epilepsia 2007;48:1764-1767

Watson NF, Temkin N, Dikkmen S, Doherty MJ, Machamer J. Hypersomnolence following traumatic brain injury. J Sleep Med. 2007 J Clin Sleep Med. 2007;3:363-368.

Doherty MJ, Rostad SW, Haltiner AM. Neocortical gliosis in temporal lobe epilepsy: Gender based differences. Epilepsia 2007;48:1455-1459

Hantke NC, Doherty MJ, Haltiner AM; Medication use profiles in patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures Epil Behav 2007;10:333-335.

Doherty MJ, Captain Cook on Poison Fish. Neurology. 2005;65:1788-91.

Doherty MJ, Watson NF, Hallam DK, Chandler WL, Longstreth WT. Ventricular CSF hypocretin-1 inversely correlates with glucose levels in CSF and serum from patients with neurological injuries Neurocrit Care. 2005;3:230-3.

Doherty MJ, Hampson NB. Partial Seizure Provoked by Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy- Possible Mechanisms and Implications. Epilepsia. 2005; 46: 1974

Doherty MJ, Jayadev S, Konchada R, Watson NF, Hallam D Clinical implications of splenium magnetic resonance imaging signal changes. Arch Neurol. 2005;62:433-7.

Watson NF, Doherty MJ, Zunt JZ. Secondary narcolepsy following neurocysticercosis infection. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine; 2005.41-42.

Chang BS, Ly J, Appignani B, Bodell A, Apse KA, Ravenscroft RS, Sheen VL, Doherty MJ, Hackney DB,O’Connor M, Galaburda AM, Walsh CA Reading disability in the neuronal migration disorder of periventricular nodular heterotopia. Neurology. 2005;64:799-803.

Vossler DG, Schepp SK, Haltiner A, Doherty MJ. Ictal stuttering suggests psychogenic seizures. Neurology, 2004:63:516-519.

Doherty MJ, The sudden death of Patsy Custis, or George Washington on sudden unexplained death in epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2004;5:598-600.

Watson NF, Barber JK, Doherty MJ, Miller JW, Temkin NR. Does glucocorticoid administration prevent late seizures after head injury? Epilepsia. 2004;45:690-694.

Doherty MJ. The Quicksilver Prize: Mercury Vapor Poisoning Aboard HMS Triumph and HMS Phipps. Neurology, 2004. 62(6):963-966

Doherty MJ, Bird TD, Leverenz JB. Alpha-synuclein in motor neuron disease: an immunohistologic study. Acta Neuropath, 2004 Feb;107(2):169-175.

Doherty MJ, Mitchell AL, Watson NF, Farrell DF, Bird TD, Contiguous Gene Deletion Associated with Generalized Seizures, Ichthyosis, Short Stature, Normal Cognition, and Learning Difficulties at Xp22.3. Epilepsia, 2003;44:1529-1535.

Doherty MJ, The Headaches of Alexander Graham Bell. Archives of Neurology, 2003;60:1805-1808.

Doherty MJ, Sotero MS, Kuratani J, Saneto R, Farrell DF, Holmes MD, Watson NF, Miller JW When might hemispheric favoring of epileptiform discharges begin? Seizure, 2003;12:595-598.

Doherty MJ, Jayadev S, Miller JW, Farrell DF, Holmes MD, Dodrill CB Age of Focal Epilepsy onset varies by gender and lateralization. Neurology. 2003;60:1473-1477.

Doherty MJ, Balloon Sickness- James Glaisher’s 1862 Account. Neurology, 2003;60:1016-1018.

Doherty MJ, Walting PJ, Morita DC, Peterson RA, Miller JW, Holmes MD, Watson NF Do nonspecific focal EEG slowing and epileptiform abnormalities favor one hemisphere? Epilepsia. 2002;43:1593-1595.

Doherty MJ, Wilensky AJ, Holmes MD, Lewis DH, Rae J, Cohn GH.Singing seizures. Neurology. 2002;59:1435-1438.

Watson NF, Doherty MJ, Dodrill CB, Farrell DF, Miller JW, The experience of earthquakes by patients with epileptic and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. Epilepsia. 2002;43:317-320.

Doherty MJ, Watson NF, Uchino K, Hallam DK, Cramer SC Diffusion abnormalities in patients with Wernicke encephalopathy.Neurology. 2002;58:655-657.

Doherty MJ, Schneider AT, Tirschwell DL Will neurology residents with large student loan debts become academicians? Neurology. 2002;58:495-497.

Doherty MJ, Baxter AB, Longstreth WT Jr. Herpes simplex virus encephalitis complicating myxedema coma treated with corticosteroids. Neurology. 2001;56:1114-1115.


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4.9 out of 5 (75 Ratings, 22 Comments)


Dr. Doherty is one of the most amazing doctors I've ever had. In a highly exceptional way, he respects my wishes for my own life as well as my opinions on my own medical condition. I couldn'tve been happier with him.

I am very pleased with Dr. Doherty and will continue seeing him on an annual basis.

I like this provider very much he listen to you with care.

he is treating me for seizures and in the process discovered I had severely clogged carotid arteries, as well as sleep apnea. I would not have expected him to find these somewhat unrelated issues - both have been treated and I have had significant positive impacts on my life.

Dr. Doherty is a very patient focused doctor, and a great listener. He is incredibly knowledgeable and one of the most caring physicians I've ever had. I trust his advice, and appreciate that he always listens. I'm happy to have him involved in my care. Couldn't be more pleased.

Dr Doherty is one of the most caring and knowledgeable medical people with whom I have ever had an appointment. He went over everything in terms I could understand and was a spectacular listener. He is the best.

Dr. Doherty got my seizures under control when no one else could. Excellent doctor

Dr. Doherty is the best doctor we've ever seen. He is so relatable and explains things to us. So we understand. Even if that means drawing a picture to help. I trust this doctor with my life.

Dr. Doherty is the best. He spends as much time one as he needs he is never rushed.

Dr Doherty is a very good listener. He doesn't push medication or tests. I feel he knows who I am as a patient, and provides excellent care. I like and trust him as my doctor.

Dr. Doherty has been my neurologist for 10 years. Previously, my epilepsy had been out of control, but he found a combination of medications that has kept me almost seizure free. I am thankful for his knowledge and care.

we already refer people to this Dr/team. they know their field well and anything new that comes thru they are on it with the latest information- pros and cons.

Overall the provider is excellent. I appreciate his direct communication style. Although my condition does not seem as severe on "the surface" or "mainstream" as other cases, it still is very challenging due to its own peculiarities. I understand these types of conditions can vary greatly and he seems to have a lot of experience. My only suggestion to this provider would be to help me understand the "unknowns" related to my condition so I can learn to develop coping and acceptance strategies. It seems to me that this is generally somewhat of a "gray area" in the treatment of this condition, but I believe this provider is talented and experienced enough to perhaps develop new ways to help patients in this area.

Dr. Doherty is well respected by [...]'s previous neurologist, Dr. [...], and so we trust him. We know a young woman who works as a nurse in the same office and she speaks highly of him as well.

[...] Dr. Doherty is a caring doctor which I haven't seen in most of his doctors.


My confidence in Dr. Doherty is still rebuilding. He is very personable, and I know he works hard.

Dr Doherty is awesome, he has helped me so much. A great provider period

I love Dr Doherty, he makes me feel seen and heard. I feel safe with him and believe he has my best interests at heart.

It's always really good.

Dr. Doherty is an outstanding medical provider. He is always friendly, thorough, and thoughtful. He seems genuinely interested in what I have to say, while still displaying the confidence and competence of an expert in his field. I couldn't ask for a better neurologist.

The care & concern is very good.
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