Stephen F. Daugherty, MD, FACS, RVT, RPhS
Comprehensive Venous Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Daugherty graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University in Nashville in 1975 and he earned his Doctor of Medicine, Cum Laude, 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.
Dr. Daugherty 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 now employs 3 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.
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.
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. Dr. Daugherty was elected in November, 2012 to serve on the Board of Directors of the American College of Phlebology. He is a contributing editor to the Phlebology Forum, a publication of the American College of Phlebology which reviews recent journal articles with expert commentary. He served in 2011 and 2012 as a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Phlebology Foundation, dedicated to raising funds for research and education in the medical specialty of Phlebology. Dr. Daugherty is a leader in expanding the scope of the practice of Phlebology to include complex venous diseases throughout the body.
Dr. Daugherty began vascular ultrasound training in 1988 and earned the Registered Vascular Technologist certification in 1992. During 2009 and 2010, he served on the task force writing the new Registered Phlebology Sonographer certification exam administered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International.. He serves as a representative for Vascular Surgery on the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee for Tennessee where Medicare Local Coverage Directives are reviewed.
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 Phlebology in 2008. He is an advisor to the Curriculum Task Force of the American Board of Phlebology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a Premier Active Member of the American College of Phlebology, an Active Member of the American Venous Forum, and holds memberships in the International Society of Endovascular Specialists, Society for Vascular Ultrasound, American Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association, and has long served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County (Tennessee) Medical Society.
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 in international security, naval aviation, and engineering.
- Medical Director, VeinCare Centers of Tennessee
- Fellow, American College of Surgeons
- Diplomate, American Board of Surgery
- Diplomate, American Board of Phlebology
- Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT), American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
- Registered Phlebology Sonographer (RPhS), Cardiovascular Credentialing International
- Board of Directors, American College of Phlebology, 2013-2014, two year term
- Board of Directors of Intersocietal Accreditation Commission–Vein Center Division (representing the American College of Phlebology), 2012-2015, three year term
- Phlebology Exam Committee, RPhS, Cardiovascular Credentialing International
- Board of Directors of the American College of Phlebology Foundation (ACPF), 2012-2012, two year term
- Chairman, Grants Review Committee, ACPF, 2011-2012
- Premier Active Member, American College of Phlebology (ACP)
- Member, American Medical Association Liason Committee of ACP
- Active Member, American Venous Forum
- Contributing Editor, Phlebology Forum
- Advisor to Curriculum Task Force, American Board of Phlebology
- Member, International Society of Endovascular Specialists
- Member, Society for Vascular Ultrasound
- Member, Southeast Vascular Association
- Member, Carrier Advisory Committee, Tennessee Medicare
- Member, Tennessee Medical Association
- Member, American Medical Association
- Board of Directors, Montgomery County (TN) Medical Society