Kathryn S. Doughty, MD/MPH, MS practices Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Shriners Hospitals For Children, Los Angeles, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Doughty began her career on a path toward medical writing. After an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Creative Writing and German language, she pursued a Master’s of Science in Technical Communication, with an emphasis on computer-mediated communication. She went on to a successful career in writing, editing, web development, project management, and information architecture — while simultaneously teaching MCAT prep courses and organic chemistry — before succumbing to her true calling to practice medicine.
Dr. Doughty has a passion for clear, concise communication, as well as for the education of patients, families, and healthcare practitioners. She attended Tufts University School of Medicine where she obtained a combined, simultaneous MD and Master’s of Public Health (MPH) before completing residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut. She then completed a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. She spent an additional year at SickKids teaching physician-extenders, residents, and medical students to carry on non-operative clinics and research projects before she moved to Los Angeles.
Dr. Doughty is currently a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS), the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS), the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM). She currently serves on the Internet Committee, as well as the Patient Education & Media Relations Committee, for POSNA. She also continues the musculoskeletal education of non-orthopaedic surgeons; for instance, she serves on the volunteer faculty of The Perry Initiative, which aims to inspire female high school students to become leaders in the fields of orthopaedic surgery and engineering.