Dr. Carrie Oakley Dougherty, MD

Dr. Carrie Oakley Dougherty, MD

Dr. Carrie Oakley Dougherty, MD

Languages: English
Fax: (877) 245-1499

Contact this Provider:

  • Neurology
Conditions I Treat
  • chronic post-traumatic headache
  • cluster headache
  • migraine
  • occipital neuralgia
About the Provider

Carrie Dougherty, MD, is an assistant professor of neurology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) and the program director for MGUH's Headache Medicine Fellowship Program. She is board certified in neurology and headache medicine and is a fellow of the American Headache Society.

At the MGUH Headache Center, Dr. Dougherty uses progressive approaches to treat headache and related pain conditions including migraine, occipital neuralgia, post-traumatic headache, trigeminal neuralgia, cluster headache and tension headache. Dr. Dougherty and her colleagues at the Headache Center collaborate with MGUH's physical therapists, interventional pain management specialists, pain psychologists and with other departments focused on evaluating and treating pain symptoms. Among Dr. Dougherty's research interests are evaluating evidence for dietary triggers of migraine.

One important focus for the MGUH Headache Center that Dr. Dougherty actively supports is educating patients their families that migraine is not "just a bad headache." It is a neurologic disease.

Dr. Dougherty's Philosophy of Care

Migraine myths and stigmas are added burdens for people who suffer from migraines. For example, people with migraines may be perceived as making excuses for not working or for missing activities, or as lazy. Many people don't understand that migraine symptoms can be unrelenting and severely disabling.

At the MGUH Headache Center, I work hard with my colleagues to try and raise awareness about migraine as an inherited neurologic disease. I want my patients to feel empowered and learning about their condition helps them feel more in control. I educate them about migraine, treatment options and environmental factors that can contribute to migraines. I also help my patients understand that treatments aren't always limited to medication. We work as a team to explore all our options for migraine management. I am very open to my patients' interests and suggestions for managing migraine symptoms.

Dr. Dougherty's Publications/Presentations
  • Neck Tongue Syndrome. Current Pain and Headache Reports, 2016.
  • Emergency and inpatient treatment of migraine: An American Headache Society Survey. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research, 2014.
  • Occipital neuralgia. Current Pain and Headache Reports, 2014.
  • Providing care for patients with chronic migraine: Diagnosis, treatment and management. Pain Practice, 2014.
  • OnabotulinumtoxinA in the treatment of migraine headache. Techniques in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Management, 2012.

  • Fellowship Program: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (2013)
  • Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2012)
  • Internship Program: Evanston Hospital (2009)
  • Internship Program: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (2009)
  • Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine (2008)
Practice Locations
  • 6858 Old Dominion Drive
    Mc Lean, VA 22101
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  • 18109 Prince Philip Drive
    Olney, MD 20832
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  • 5454 Wisconsin Avenue
    Suite 1100
    Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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  • 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
    Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 7th Fl Dept Neurology
    Washington, DC 20007
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    Phone: 202-295-0540
    Fax: 877-245-1499

Member of Medical Staff
  • NIH Postbaccalaureate Cancer Research Training Award Fellow