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Dr. Doherty is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and School of Public Health and has more than 20 years of experience in international public health, clinical research and education in a broad range of global health priorities, including HIV/AIDS, TB, STIs, maternal child health and general infectious diseases. Recently, Dr. Doherty has focused on HIV care, treatment, management of large international implementation programs, education capacity building and implementation science research in the arena of HIV/TB and STIs.
Dr. Doherty was working full time in Ethiopia from 2005-2010 as the Director of Clinical and Training Services for the JHU-TSEHAI PEPFAR technical assistance program. Under this program, she developed training and mentoring activities for physicians, nurses, health officers, pharmacists and laboratory technicians in four regions of Ethiopia. Annually, more than 2000 persons were trained using various training methodologies, such as pre-service education, computer simulations, telemedicine, and CME sessions. She was successful in supporting more than 90 ART sites which placed 52,000 persons on ART and developed strong programs in TB/HIV collaborative activities, PMTCT, STI, Laboratory support, palliative care programs and monitoring and evaluation of all outcomes. She is also a co-investigator of a seven site HIV cohort study in Ethiopia called the Advanced Clinical Monitoring (ACM) Study and is a member of the clinical research committee developing protocols and analyzing the data from this large study.
While working with JHU TSEHAI, she provided support to the development of the first Infectious Disease Fellowship training program at Addis Ababa University (AAU) and continues to train and mentor physicians and nurses regularly at Black Lion Hospital. She is the JHU Principal Investigator for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) for Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. In this role, she is developing new distance and e-learning initiatives for medical education, simulation training, standardized patient curricula and other innovative problem based learning for physicians. Dr. Doherty is also an active clinician/educator, who provides and supervises HIV and infectious diseases clinical care, in the outpatient and in-patient settings at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has a PhD in Epidemiology and an MPH in International Health both from the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MD from Harvard Medical School.
Areas of research interest and educational program building:
Large PEPFAR HIV program outcomes in Ethiopia (Advanced Clinical Monitoring Cohort Study in Ethiopia
- Survival among patients in large hospital based HIV program in Addis Ababa
Baseline and acquired resistance and outcomes among Adult HIV patients and Pregnant women receiving PMTCT
Implementation Science applicable to PEPFAR Programs in Africa - Specific areas:
- Prevention and HIV/STI Treatment among Commercial Sex Workers in Ethiopia
- Assessment of Quality (LQAS) measures in HIV management, monitoring and care in Ethiopia
Assessment of Isoniazid Preventative Treatment for HIV-infected patients among TSEHAI supported sites
- Medical Education Capacity Building in general and for infectious diseases and Resource Limited Settings
- Evaluation of Medical Education Building programs and e-learning/ CME programs for resource limited settings
- Combined HIV Prevention Programs, including PrEP for MSM and women in Baltimore