Lynda S. Dougherty, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Lynda S. Dougherty, MD, FACS, FASCRS

“I wanted to be a physician for as long as I can remember; my mother’s close friend, who was a nurse, continuously encouraged me to become a physician.”


Dr. Dougherty is a native of Northeastern Ohio and completed her Colon and Rectal Surgery training at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1999) in Cleveland, Ohio, one of the nation’s finest training programs.

She received her undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (1989). She then moved on to the Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo) where she completed her medical degree (1993) and General Surgery Residency (1998).

Dr. Dougherty joined the largest Colorectal Surgery Group in Northern Virginia in 1999 and specializes in all aspects of the Colon and Rectal Surgery field, including Colon Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Minimally Invasive (Laparoscopic and Robotic) Surgery and Proctology.

She rapidly gained the respect of her peers as demonstrated by continually being named one of the Washington, DC metropolitan area’s “Top Doctors” for colorectal surgeons in polls of area physicians conducted by the Washingtonian Magazine and Northern Virginia Magazine.

She participated locally in numerous educational opportunities for the community and physicians, Quality improvement (QI) projects, and training surgical residents. She has participated on local TV programs, panels, symposiums, advocacy groups and has been featured in the newspaper.

After almost 20 years in Northern Virginia, Dr. Dougherty decided to relocate her practice to Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake area in the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland beginning in the summer of 2018.  She and her family have been coming to the Deep Creek Lake area for over a decade, falling in love with the lake, skiing, all of the outdoor activities and the welcoming Garrett County Community.

Dr. Dougherty and her family have supported the Garrett Regional Medical Center, Hart for Animals, Garrett College, Deep Creek Winter Sports Team,  as well as other local organizations for years. She feels very fortunate about the opportunity to become a permanent member of the Garrett County Community.

Education Profile:

Fellowship: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1998-1999
Residency: Medical College of Ohio, 1993-1998                                      
Medical School: Medical College of Ohio, 1989-1993                             
Undergraduate BA: Miami University, 1985-1989

Professional Distinctions:

Fellow, American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgery (FASCRS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
Chesapeake Colorectal Society President, 2017-2018
INOVA Fairfax Medical Campus Colorectal Medical Director, 2013-2016
INOVA Loudoun Hospital Colorectal Medical Director, 2016-2018            Part-time assistant Clinical Professor VCU, 2009-2018