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Board Certified Surgeon

Dr. Daugherty was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1985 and he was one of the first group of diplomates of the new American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine in 2008. He was an advisor to the Curriculum Task Force of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is one of fifty Fellows of the American College of Phlebology, an Active Member of the American Venous Forum, and a member of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound, American Medical Association, and Tennessee Medical Association. Dr. Daugherty also served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Mongomery County (TN) Medical Society.  View All Dr. Daugherty’s Certifications and Memberships.

Emory University School of Medicine

Stephen F. Daugherty, MD graduated with High Honors from Vanderbilt University in Nashville in 1975 and he earned his Doctor of Medicine, with Honors, from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta in 1979. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas in 1984. He began a practice of Vascular Surgery and General Surgery in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1994.

Medical Contributions

Stephen F. Daugherty, MD developed the non-invasive hospital-based diagnostic vascular laboratory at what is now known as Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1996 and led the laboratory to achieve accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories in 1997. He also developed an office-based vascular laboratory in 1994 which employs Registered Vascular Technologists. He was the first physician in the area performing many of the now-common percutaneous( minimally-invasive “needle-stick”) arterial and venous procedures such as arterial and venous thrombolysis (dissolving of clot), arterial and venous angioplasty/stenting for blockages, ovarian/pelvic vein embolization techniques for pelvic pain, novel hybrid open and percutaneous vascular procedures, and thermal ablation techniques for treatment of varicose veins. He conceived and designed a hybrid endovascular operating room for X-ray guided vascular procedures which was opened in 2000 at Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, TN, one of the first such operating room suites in the US and which served as a model for other facilities around the country. He designed the new endovascular operating room suites for the new Gateway Medical Center which opened in 2008.

Dedicated to Venous Disease Treatment

Dr. Daugherty began transitioning his venous practice to minimally-invasive procedures in 1997 as technology allowed such procedures and founded VeinCare Centers of Tennessee in 2004. Since 2008, his practice has been limited to care of venous diseases including office vascular ultrasound, liquid and foam sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, endovenous thermal ablation, venous thrombolysis, and angioplasty/stenting for chronic venous obstruction.

Field Expertise

He is a regular expert speaker at major national meetings of vein specialists and has been selected by the American College of Phlebology as a representative to the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission which is embarking upon developing an accreditation for vein treatment facilities, a process intended to improve the quality of care in vein centers.  Click here to see a listing of his national presentations.

Personal Interests

His interests include photography (some of which is displayed in the office), geology, and mountain climbing. Dr. Daugherty and his wife, a medical school classmate, are very proud of their three children who have completed graduate training and are following careers in politics/government, aviation, and engineering.

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