Dr. Doherty completed an undergraduate degree in Physical Education (University of New Brunswick, 1986) and graduate degrees in Kinesiology (MSc Dalhousie 1989, PhD Western 1993) prior to completing undergraduate medicine at McMaster. He went on to complete residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McMaster (2000). He is an Associate Professor and Chair/Chief of the Department of PM&R. He is a consultant physiatrist at both St. Joseph's Health Care and LHSC. He was awarded as Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Function in Health, Aging, and Disease in 2005.
Dr. Doherty is a past President of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, examiner for the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology, Associate Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute and is member of the Editorial Boards of Muscle and Nerve, American Journal of PM&R and the Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease.
Dr. Doherty is a consultant physiatrist in the Stroke Rehabilitation Program at Parkwood Hospital and a Clinical Electromyographer. He provides consultation service within the Neuromuscular Program at LHSC.