Shona T. Dougherty, MB, ChB, PhD

Professor, Radiation Oncology - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Associate Department Head, Radiation Oncology
Clinical Medical Director, Radiation Oncology
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
(520) 694-7236
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Dougherty earned her medical degree from the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland in 1985, and her doctorate from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1995. She was assistant professor at UCLA from 1996-2003, where she supervised the prostate seed brachytherapy program, as well as the TBI (total body irradiation) service. Dr. Dougherty joined the Arizona Cancer Center in August 2003, and has since been a zealous educator, directing the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program since 2004.

Dr. Dougherty specializes in prostate cancer, and as an expert in prostate brachytherapy, presides over the prostate seed implant program at UAHN. Her primary interests include genitourinary cancers such as prostate, bladder and kidney disease. Additionally, she focuses on radiotherapy for gynecologic cancers, including various applications of brachytherapy. As a research scientist, Dr. Dougherty is currently involved in database construction to assess retrospective prostate radiotherapy outcomes.  Dr. Dougherty became the departmental clinic director in 2003, and joined Dr. Baldassarre Stea (head of Radiation Oncology) as associate head of the department in 2008.  She serves on several committees throughout the organization overseeing physician credentialing, resident education, quality assurance and program development. 

Clinical Information

Disease or Clinical Specialty: 
Bladder Cancer
Breast Cancer
Cervical Cancer
Endometrial Cancer
Kidney Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Renal Cancer
Uterine Cancer
Vaginal Cancer
Vulvar Cancer

Research Information

Research Program: 
Therapeutic Development
Selected Publications: 

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 
  • Distinction Award-Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Distinction Award-Community Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Selected to attend the Sixth National Cancer Institute of Canada Course in Oncology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • National Cancer Institute of Canada Fellowship Award
  • Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists Residents Research Award (1992)
  • Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists Residents Research Award (1993)
  • Listed in "The Best Doctors in America," 2009
  • Listed in "The Best Doctors in America," 2013
Other Experience and Professional Memberships/Affiliations: 
  • AMA (American Medical Association)
  • BMA (British Medical Association)
  • AACR (American Association for Cancer Research)
  • ASTRO (American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology)
  • CARO (Canadian Association for Radiation Oncology)
  • ABS (American Brachytherapy Society)
Board Certifications & Licenses: 
  • Board eligible for Radiation Oncology
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • USMLE I
  • USMLE II
  • LMCC (Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada)
  • CSA (Clinical Skills Assessment)
  • ECFMG Certificate

Academic Information

Fellowship: 
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Residency: 
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Medical School: 
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
Undergraduate School: 
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland