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Articles, Appearances, & Accolades

Selected Media Appearances and Articles


Lisa Doggett's articles have appeared in the New York Times, Doximity, Austin American-Statesman, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and many other publications. She contributes regularly to numerous health-related articles, blogs, and local news stories, and was featured on CBS Sunday Morning. She is a member of the Writers' League of Texas and the Authors Guild.


Verywell Health: September 16, 2021 (contributor)


What's New With the Flu In 2021?

Last year, a convergence of COVID-19 related factors—including mask mandates, social distancing, and less tracking and reporting of conditions other than COVID by state public health departments, meant that the flu season in the United States seemed to be unusually light...


U.S. News & World Report: July 23, 2021 (contributor)


What to Know About Myocarditis

Scientists have learned so much about the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 over the past 18 months. But there are still many open questions regarding the long-term effects of COVID-19. However, heart disease does seem to be connected to COVID-19...


U.S. News & World Report: June 4, 2021 (contributor)


COVID-19 Vaccines for Children: Timing, Side Effects and More

Over the last year, a heroic effort has brought about multiple safe and effective vaccines that offer excellent protection against COVID-19. States and the federal government have made considerable progress rolling out these vaccines to help finally end the coronavirus pandemic...


Part B News: May 17, 2021 (contributor)


Feds seek more vaccines at practices, but delays hamper the plan

A number of factors are keeping COVID vaccines out of most physician practices, despite an urgent need to disseminate them. But experts believe the situation will change in due course, and practices should prepare to notify patients as soon as it does...


U.S. News & World ReportMay 12, 2021 (contributor)


How to Talk to Someone Who's Hesitant to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

For Dr. Gabriel Lockhart, a pulmonologist and critical care intensivist at National Jewish Health in Denver, the question of how best to approach loved ones who are vaccine hesitant hit very close to home...


Texas Neurological Society - Broca's Area: Winter 2021


Multiple Sclerosis and the National MS Society: A physician turned patient's perspective

I woke up dizzy on a Monday morning in November, 11 years ago. I didn't think much of it, and I went to work, as usual, at my small community clinic in Central Austin. As the week wore on, my symptoms persisted, and I began to worry. When I started to have mild diplopia, I needed to seek care...


Community Health - Iosco Health and Wellness: October 1, 2020 (contributor)



..."Hospitals in many parts of the U.S. already have been strained and sometimes overwhelmed in the last few months by COVID-19," says Dr. Lisa Doggett. She serves as senior medical director at AxisPoint Health in Westminster, Colo. "To layer a bad flu season on top of the pandemic, which many experts expect could worsen this winter, would be catastrophic in some communities. I don't think we have a precedent for anything like what we could face if we have a bad flu season, while COVID-19 continues to pose a real and significant threat..."


Part B News: September 28, 2020 (contributor)


Flu season plus COVID-19 'twindemic' could get rough; push shots early and hard

COVID-19 complicates your flu season immunization picture, but experts say it may become an opening that not only gets more patients interested in having their shots, but also gets them to receive other needed care... 


Parents: September 2020 (contributor)

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Find the Mom Friend You Need

How I Met This Mother

Lisa (to Mary Ann): "Our daughters met on the first day of kindergarten, and I think you and I probably crossed paths then at school drop-offs and PTA meetings..."


Doximity: June 23, 2020


As Healers, Ending Systemic Racism Is Our Work, Too

I'm embarrassed by my own ignorance sometimes. Sure, I'm a progressive advocate for social justice. I pride myself on treating all my patients with thoughtfulness and compassion, without judgment. But I have a confession: occasionally, I get it wrong...


Livestrong: June 15, 2020 (contributor)

Should You Wear a Mask While Running Outside?

Running is a great way to deal with stress, but running outside now comes with an added stress — do you need to wear a face mask or is it dangerous to cover your mouth and nose?...


Healthline: May 28, 2020 (contributor)


Model Finds Midwest and Southern States at Risk for COVID-19 Surges as They Reopen

..."Flu shots, handwashing, and social distancing will be imperative, especially for those at highest risk for both influenza and COVID-19 complications: older adults and those with chronic disease," said Dr. Lisa Doggett, a faculty member in the department of population health at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, senior medical director for HGS AxisPoint Health, and author..."


Reader's Digest: May 18, 2020 (contributor) 


What a Second Wave of Coronavirus Could Look Like

As the weather warms up and some states have reopened for business, it may be tempting to get sloppy when it comes to public health measures like social distancing and wearing masks. But that's the last thing we should be doing right now...


Goal Crazy: December 17, 2019 (contributor)


13 Benefits You Can Get From Keeping A Daily Journal

"I started daily journaling at age 11 (35 years ago), and I've written every day since - over 12,500 entries. (OK, so I have forgotten a few days, but just a few: five or six days total in 35 years.)..." 


Yahoo Lifestyle: October 7, 2019 (contributor)


Yes, You Can Be Vegan or Vegetarian and Still Breastfeed

..."Our culture is very focused on meat," says Lisa Doggett, M.D., a family physician based in Austin, Texas. "Some people believe that our bodies need meat, especially women who are breastfeeding. But a growing body of evidence does not favor a meat-rich diet for optimal health." Dr. Doggett, a vegetarian for more than 25 years, breastfed each of her daughters, now 11 and 14, for a year. Throughout her career, she has counseled patients of all ages about the importance of a healthy diet, including when breastfeeding.


Doctor Me First: Role Reveral (podcast, episode 87): August 2019



Best Life: July 26, 2019 (contributor)


50 Doctor-Approved Habits You Should Totally Steal

As humans, we're all creatures of habit. But often times, habits—smoking, drinking, slamming snooze (twice) every morning—are frowned upon. Not all habits, however, are negative. In fact, some can actually improve your life. Don't believe us? We consulted with a pantheon of doctors to find out which tricks you should take up as soon as possible...


Lifehacker Australia: July 8, 2019 (contributor)


What To Ask Your Doctor At Your Next Physical

The next time you visit your doctor for an annual checkup, physical or exam, don't just bring your Medicare card. Arriving at your appointment with the right questions can help you learn more about your overall health, ensure you're getting the right preventative care, and even ease those late-night worries about a new mole, a nagging cough, or an unexpected twinge... 

Bustle: June 27, 2019 (contributor)


What To Ask Doctors During A Visit, According To The Physicians Themselves

..."Good communication with your doctor is essential," Lisa Doggett, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a board-certified physician and author of White Spots and Black Holes, tells Bustle. "It can often feel uncomfortable and embarrassing to raise questions about sensitive subjects, but I would urge patients to go ahead and ask."


UpJourney: May 20, 2019 (contributor)


How to Live Life to the Fullest (41 Great Tips to Motivate and Inspire You)

Are you still trying to figure out how to live your life to the fullest? How to live in the present moment? Don't fret—you're not alone...


Bicyle Sport Shop presents: Never Give Up, Never Give In: May 7, 2019


"We all live with uncertainly - varying degrees of it. Perhaps I have more of it. I do have more of it..."


Health Data Management: May 23, 2019 (contributor)


Pop health management can help payers during natural disasters

Care management is an effective tool for payers working toward value-based care, especially when used for high-risk and vulnerable members. But having a care management team, with all of its technological resources in place, is even more critical in the wake of a natural disaster, says Lisa Doggett, MD, senior medical director at HGS AxisPoint Health, a population health management company that has helped serve health plans in the wake of hurricanes and other disasters for years.


HealthCentral: April 10, 2019


M.D. With MS

Lisa Doggett, a 45-year-old family physician in Austin, Texas, follows the advice she gives her patients. She eats a vegetarian diet, rarely drinks, avoids smoking, and exercises regularly. She's even run a couple of marathons and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.


Elite Daily: February 21, 2019 (contributor)


Here's What To Ask At Your Yearly Physical If You Always Forget What You Want To Say, According To Experts
About a week ago, I got an email reminding me that I'm due for my yearly physical. At first, I felt an enormous sense of dread. After all, who enjoys booking medical appointments and spending an hour (or more) in a doctor's office? But the more I thought about it, the more I began to think of a few nagging questions that I actually would like to ask my doctor. If you're ever at a loss for what to say during your next checkup, rest assured, there are a few key questions to ask your doctor during your yearly physical, and I'm breaking them all down right here, right now...


Reader's Digest: January 17, 2019 (contributor)


How Many Times a Year Should You Really See the Doctor for Checkups?

Are you seeing the doctor enough? Or too much? Find out how often you really need to go in to stay on top of your health...


The SGU Pulse: January 11, 2019 (contributor) 


Developing Good Bedside Manner: 9 Tips for Doctors

Whether you're still in school or just beginning your career in medicine, developing good bedside manner is critical for your success as a physician — and for your patients' health.


Huffington Post: January 9, 2019 (contributor)


6 Vaccines You Should Definitely Get As An Adult

We may not like hearing it, but it's true: Adults aren't off the hook when it comes to vaccines. Even if you've had all your childhood vaccinations, there are plenty of reasons to get vaccinated when you're older. Some vaccines wear off, new vaccines are available, you may be at higher risk for certain illnesses that shots can protect you from, and vaccinations help protect the people around you.


The SGU Pulse: December 17, 2018 (contributor) 


The Importance of Diversity in Health Care: Medical Professionals Weigh In

Medicine is a highly homogenous field serving diverse populations—and that's a problem. Diversity in health care goes far beyond a language barrier. It's about understanding the mindset of a patient within a larger context of culture, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic realities.


Greatist: November 29, 2018 (contributor)


Can a Hot Toddy Really Make Me Feel Better or Is Grandma Kidding Herself?

"I think I'm getting sick… " might be the most dreaded five words in the English language come winter. Even if you've gotten your flu shot, you're still not immune from one to two good bouts of snoughing (runny nose + coughing) and all the other nasty cold symptoms that tend to hang around this time of year.


Fatherly: October 30, 2018 (contributor)


5 Money-Saving Ways To Lose Weight

..."A healthy diet and regular exercise do not have to be expensive," Lisa Doggett, an Austin-based family physician and nutrition expert, told Fatherly. "The benefits, both short and long-term, are well worth the effort and a little extra planning that may be involved." Here's how Doggett and other experts suggest you body pick up some of that slack—while also picking up the bill.


Aaptiv: October 2018 (contributor) 


The 5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Doctor in Your 30s

By Jane Chertoff

...Your lifestyle, diet, and exercise habits in your 30s are important to discuss with your doctor, says Dr. Lisa Doggett, a board-certified family physician in Austin, Texas. "You'll want to discuss lifestyle habits that may have health implications, such as substance abuse, including alcohol and tobacco, and choices around diet and exercise," she says.


My Inner Creative: September 8, 2018 (contributor) 


5 ways on how to help children bullet journal for positive results

Bullet journaling is a popular productivity tools among adults, the ability to make your journal work for you, has quickly become a hot topic. From creating creative themes all the way though to time management, the bullet journal principles are key. But! How to help children bullet journal is a great way with brilliant tips and tricks to get kids journaling at a young age!


I AM & CO: August 12, 2018 (contributor)


10 More Women Share Their Favorite Daily Self-Care Tips

"Self-care is a huge priority for me, especially since my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) eight-and-a-half years ago. One of my most important self-care rituals is journal-writing. I'm a bit compulsive: I started daily journaling at age 11 (over 33 years ago), and I've written every day since — more than 12,000 entries..." 


Organic Authority: July 21, 2018 (contributor)


Here's What You Need to Know About Keeping a Journal

Lisa Doggett, MD, MPH, and family physician, has journaled almost every day for over three decades. In addition to journaling, Doggett also recommends the practice to patients.


KEYE TV CBS Austin: April 27, 2018 (contributor)


What the new MS 150 finish line means for Austin traffic

The BP MS 150 kicks off Saturday. For the first time in three years, the weather won't be against them. A new route won't have cyclists ending their rides in downtown either.

"I'm very nervous about it," says Austin native Lisa Doggett who is riding the MS 150 for the first time. It's something she's wanted to do since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009. "I want to be there on behalf of all of the people who can't be there who have MS," says Doggett.


The SGU Pulse: April 2, 2018 (contributor) 


What Makes a Good Doctor? 7 Surprisingly Useful Skills for Physicians

Arguably one of the most prestigious and highly regarded professions, medicine is not for the faint of heart. It takes some serious intelligence and motivation to even get accepted into medical school. Not to mention the grit it takes to withstand the challenging years medical school requires.


The SGU Pulse: March 7, 2018 (contributor)

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How to Pay For Medical School

When you're really set on something, nothing can stand between you and your goals. Whether determined, driven, or just plain stubborn — or perhaps all three — you feel the call of medical field and have always known you're meant to be a doctor.


BestLife: January 26, 2018 (contributor)


40 Amazing Habits to Adopt After 40

By your 40s, it may seem like you're stuck in your ways. You've got the same habits—both good and bad—that you've been practicing for years, if not decades. But since your 40s are a time where your health, interests, your sleep, and responsibilities undergo significant changes, your habits should, too.


The SGU Pulse: January 17, 2018 (contributor)


What Does a Primary Care Physician Do? Exploring This High-Demand Medical Career

Your dreams of becoming a doctor are anything but new. You've known since you were young it's what you're destined to do. But the time is nearing when you'll have to make some decisions on what that dream will entail. After all, there are many types of doctors out there – which type will you be?


CareDash: November 28, 2017


8 Lessons Learned by a Doctor Turned Patient

I am a doctor, mother, and wife. I'm also a patient with a potentially severe chronic disease. Eight years ago, after developing unusual dizziness and vision changes, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disease that damages nerve cells, often leading to progressive physical and cognitive disability. At the time of my diagnosis, my younger daughter had just turned two years old. I was 36.


A Sweat Life: November 21, 2017 (contributor) 


How to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

Keeping healthy is crucial all the time — especially in the winter during flu season. But there's nothing worse than getting sick on the road. Whether driving from state to state or taking a plane across the country, avoiding illness can be difficult.


CareDash: November 16, 2017


A Physician's Tips for Avoiding Mistakes at The Doctor

As a family physician for over 15 years, I have seen thousands of patients, and I like to think that nothing will surprise me. But when a long-time patient – a middle-aged woman with high blood pressure and diabetes – presented me with a heart-shaped box containing sexy underwear, I didn't know what to say. The gift was a joke, not a come-on, fortunately, but it still made me feel embarrassed and uneasy. Perhaps I had made a mistake – been unprofessional or violated some personal boundary – to make her think such a gift would be appropriate. But I also think her gesture, as well-meaning as it might have been, was an error in judgment, leading to an uncomfortable encounter for both of us.


CareDash: October 13, 2017 (contributor) 


9 Surprising Questions to Ask Your Doctor at Your Next Checkup

You already know to ask your doctor about odd lumps and bumps. You might even turn to your physician for advice about quitting smoking or managing your stress. Many patients, however, forget that an annual checkup offers a comprehensive window into overall health. Your doctor can help you better understand your symptoms, offer useful lifestyle changes, and refer you to a specialist when necessary. So don't forget to ask these questions at your next check-up — even if you don't find them on the typical list of questions to ask your doctor.


TCMS Journal: July/Aug 2017


Texas PSR's Toxic-Free Child Program

Is it OK to put plastic containers in the microwave? What are some ways to minimize exposure to pesticides in the home? Is nail polish safe for young children?

These are just some of the many questions that Toxic-Free Child seeks to address in a novel, evidence-based curriculum created and presented in Central Texas over the last year.


TCMS: May 9, 2013 


TCMS Mother's Day Special

Who has been the greatest influence on your role as a mom and why?
My mom, of course! My mom is absolutely incredible – a true super woman who continues to have a highly successful career as an educator and advocate for children and people with disabilities while still being totally supportive of me (and my sister). I am so proud of her accomplishments and appreciate all that she does for my kids and me as well as our entire community.


KVUE News: November 21, 2012


TexPIRG and Dr. Lisa Doggett Unveil Trouble in Toyland Report


New York Times: January 10, 2006


Attention, Medicare Shoppers . . .

AUSTIN, Tex. - THIS winter, Medicare recipients shouldn't limit their bargain-hunting to post-holiday blowout sales. Despite its serious deficiencies, the new Medicare prescription drug benefit offers a myriad of savings opportunities, which in my grandmother's case totaled more than $2,000 a year. By asking the right questions and comparing plans, the savvy consumer can save more with Medicare than at Macy's.


Austin Now


Cleaner Air, Healthier Austin

Recently, a playful little 6 year old I'll call José, visited me at People's Community Clinic about his asthma. In caring for him, I make sure he's on the right medicines and that no one smokes at home. But what I can't do, is purify the air he breathes. So when smog pollutes our air, I suspect José will be back.





Yellow Bird Editors


2017 First Page Contest Finalist


Writers' League of Texas


2016 Manuscript Contest Finalist


Texas Academy of Family Physicians: January 16, 2012


Member of the Month: Lisa Doggett, M.D., M.P.H.
Austin physician "makes a difference" by caring for the underserved
A practicing family physician for nearly 10 years, Lisa Doggett, M.D., M.P.H., is the director of the University of Texas Wellness Center and a clinical associate professor at the UT School of Nursing. The center provides medical care for Travis County residents without private insurance, and Doggett also directs their Women's Wellness Program, which provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings. With the School of Nursing, she supervises and provides consultations to nurse practitioners and other staff, co-teaches a course on chronic disease, precepts nurse practitioner students, and serves as a regular guest lecturer for other courses.


Austin Under 40


2007 Winner: Medical and Health Care