Elizabeth Doherty’s passion to help others fueled her career change from working in an actuarial consulting firm to her current position as a pediatrician.
Doherty grew up in Winchester and now both resides and works in her hometown. While her time in college lead her into the business world for a number of years, she was determined to follow her heart into medicine.
After becoming a neonatologist, Doherty eventually decided to make a change to find more balance between her work and family. Now, as a pediatrician, she is able to spend more time with her husband and two teenage boys.
What are you doing now? Where are you currently living?
I live and work in my hometown. I am a pediatrician at Pediatricians, Inc., in Winchester.
What connection, if any, do you still have to WHS or the community?
I live in Winchester with my husband, Mark Stesney, and our two boys, Owen (14) and Colin (13). We are active in the community, especially with all the sports our kids play.
Was there a favorite moment, person or experience at WHS that you remember that has helped you find your passions or reach your goals?
From an academic standpoint, I fondly remember Miss Ciccariello, who was my Latin teacher for four years. She was a new graduate from Tufts who was passionate about teaching. She was fair, thoughtful, and kind to everyone; certainly, a role model to emulate. During my senior year I took A.P. Latin and in college I ended up majoring in Classics, Latin Translation, and minored in Spanish (and took many math classes as well).
My track coaches, Mr. Cantillon, Mr. Hill, and Mr. Klein, taught me that I could push myself even harder than I ever thought I could. I continued my love of running at Dartmouth College where I ran cross country.
What was the path you took to get where you are today?
After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1989, I worked for an actuarial consulting firm but realized my passion was in medicine and helping people. I had to work hard to take all of my pre-med classes and then apply to medical school. I went to University of Vermont College of Medicine and graduated in 1998. I did my residency in Pediatrics at MGH and then my fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. I became a neonatologist and practiced at Boston Children’s Hospital and Winchester Hospital until 2016. I decided I wanted to have more time to spend with my husband and boys, so I made a career change from neonatology to pediatrics. I was hired by my own pediatrician, Dr. Donald Annino, to join his practice in Winchester. It is a great lifestyle and is still challenging. I love it!
Please share a success since leaving WHS.
I think having the opportunity to do what I love and still be there for my family to share in both little and big events, makes me feel successful. I am grateful for my parents and their constant support no matter what. They set an example for how to be empathetic and caring. I was honored to receive the Compassionate Caregiver of the Year at Winchester Hospital in 2014.
Is there insight or advice you can share with current students?
Hard work pays off. I have always had the work ethic that if I put my mind to it and give it my all, then I know I will be satisfied. Also, I would want them to know that our paths may change at various points in our lives and that is OK. Don’t be frightened to make that move; take the risk because in the end, you will never know if you do not try. I am certainly happy that I did and that I have the love and support of my family to achieve my goals.
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