Dr. Richard Donahue founded Personal Health MD in 2010 to combine excellence in primary medical care with the most effective and safe integrative functional medical care, all under one roof.
“It’s vital to take the time to understand each patient in-depth — as a combination of their biochemistry, epigenetics, goals, emotions, and relationships. Only then can we combine advanced science with the art of healing to best treat illness and personalize health action steps.”
Fascinated by advances in medical science and practicing Primary Care for 28 years, Dr. Donahue enjoys collaborating with Harvard specialists to provide his patients with the most seamless healthcare possible. Dr. Donahue is a Brigham and Women’s Hospital Associate Physician and Beth Israel Hospital Courtesy Staff Physician in the Departments of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Donahue studied cellular biology and political science at Tufts University, earned his MD from the University of Massachusetts and became board certified in Family Medicine at Maine- Dartmouth Residency Program. From 1994 to 2005 he served as Medical Director at the Island Medical Center on Vinalhaven, Maine where he developed the fastest pre-hospital advanced cardiac care for heart attacks in New England, treated adult and pediatric complex medical illness, and provided home visits to the island’s elderly. As the island’s sole physician on call 24/7 for 10 years, he discovered how personalized medical care could lead to earlier diagnoses and help transform lives.
In 2005, Dr. Donahue moved to Boston to study public health policy and environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health where he served as a visiting scientist. From 2005 to 2011 he cared for Harvard students and professors at Harvard University Health Services and taught Harvard medical students as a Clinical Instructor in Medicine. He is a member of Massachusetts Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
Ally is a Boston-trained Physician Assistant who co-founded the practice in 2010. She works as practice advisor and serves on two boards. For patients, she translates advancing-edge medical research into clinical practice using her past experience as the first PA co-investigator in Infectious Disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and stem cell researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital.
When multiple specialists are involved, Dr. Donahue becomes the hub of your health care wheel, creating a team approach among MD specialists, counselors, nutritionists, physical therapists, geneticists, and integrative medicine practitioners.