nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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About Me

Dr. (Brig. Gen) Dougherty is a physician with 35 years experience in the field of medicine and health care policy.  Half of his over three decades in the profession was spent in the practice of family and emergency medicine.  The other half was devoted to health care policy development and implementation, and as CEO of hospitals and medical centers.

Board certified in Preventive Medicine (Aerospace Medicine), and with a Masters degree in Public Health, Dr. Dougherty has run healthcare systems that provided care for patient populations up to 100K, with budget authority of $0.5B.  His degrees are from Rice, Baylor College of Medicine, and Johns Hopkins.

As a military doctor, he served as a flight surgeon, airborne parachutist/jumpmaster, and US Navy diver, with assignments to fighter squadrons, Special Operations, and the Pentagon.  He was briefly an instructor in medical ethics at the Univ of Maryland College Park. 

As Surgeon for Air Force Special Operations Command he developed the first backpack-based field surgical team for far forward combat units in Special Ops.  As a Brigadier General, he commanded the Keesler AFB Medical Center, taking command just prior to its destruction by Hurricane Katrina.  He rebuilt the medical center and achieved Joint Commission certification 18 months later.

He currently divides his time between speaking and writing on medical topics, and doing community volunteer work.  His spouse of 40 years, Lydia, and he work together on wildlife habitat development in the Texas Hill Country.


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