Dr. Donald Doherty was attracted to interventional radiology because it offers a new approach to medicine.
“It was new and emerging specialty, where they were developing new techniques and procedures that produce less pain and take a fraction of the time,” Dr. Doherty said.
“A lot of it is experimental. We use different skills in different ways to help patients. We put skills together to put a new procedure together to help a patient.”
“Interventional radiology was first conceived of just 25 years ago. It’s at the forefront of technology. Now we do things like pinhole surgery—manipulating through a prick in the skin,” Dr. Doherty said. “Recovery time is shorter, pain is less. Recovery is far less than a conventional surgery.”
Dr. Doherty comes from a medical family: his father was an oral surgeon, his mother was a nurse and two of his brothers are physicians.
His family moved a lot with the military, but he ended up doing most of his schooling in Virginia.
Dr. Doherty earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1997 where he also completed his residency training in diagnostic radiology.
Following his residency, Dr. Doherty received fellowship training in angiography and interventional radiology at the University of Virginia.
At MCV, Dr. Doherty was a research fellow in rheumatology, allergy and immunology.
From 1999-2002, he served as a medical examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
He was the 2002 recipient of the Ellen Shaw de Paredes Breast Research Award at MCV.
Dr. Doherty is board certified by the American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology. He has earned the Certificate of Added Qualification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. He is a registered vascular technologist with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Dr. Doherty is an active member of the American College of Radiology, the Society of Interventional Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, the American Medical Association and the Medical Society of Virginia.
Since 2003 he has been practicing at Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg in Virginia. He joined Virginia Interventional Vascular Associates in 2006.
“I knew a lot of the radiologists in the practice from meetings—they were well regarded,” Dr. Doherty said. “You saw a lot of referrals, and the quality of radiology was very good. It was a very easy fit—we liked the community.”
Dr. Dohert said that he’d put his colleagues up against any provider.
“We encourage patients to check out other providers, but I’m confident our procedures are equal to anyone. The only reason we wouldn’t do a procedure here is if the volume here wasn’t big enough.
“We have radiologists and interventional people in the same office so we can make sure you’ve got the right physician. We’ve broken down the silo barrier you see in some practices. We can refer you within the practice, so you don’t have to wait to be seen.”
Dr. Doherty said the doctors and staff at VIVA stand out for their skills, but also for their community-mindedness.
“We have world-class training, but we’ve chosen to make Fredericksburg our home.”

Medical School: Medical College of Virginia
Graduation Year: 1997
Internship: Medical College of Virginia, General Surgery
Radiology Residency: Medical College of Virginia
Fellowship: University of Virginia, Angiography and Interventional Radiology
Boards: Diagnostic Radiology, CAQ Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Special Interests: Interventional Radiology, Noninvasive vascular imaging, cross sectional imaging
Joined RAF: 2003

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