Delford Doherty

Delford Doherty

Doherty, who is finishing his Ph.D. in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, researches the financial assistance for health care available to lower-income Americans. He examines the impact of low-income subsidies on health care utilization, expenditures and the health status of Medicare beneficiaries. The recipient of the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Minnesota Graduate School will present his studies at the upcoming Doctoral Research Showcase.

With his research, Doherty hopes to illuminate the effectiveness of LIS in providing beneficiaries access to prescription drugs, highlight the impact of prescription drug utilization on non-drug health care utilization, and offer information that will "enhance the quality and efficiency of subsidy programs." The results of his research, which he finds personally rewarding, can have insightful and instructive effects on policy, as the Affordable Care Act includes federal subsidies that expand Medicaid, he says.

Doherty grew up in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. He received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. At Wartburg, he won awards for his service work, leadership in the international student community, contributions to peace and justice, and academic excellence. His extracurricular activities included advocacy and service, which influenced his interest in low-income Medicare beneficiaries.

In 2010, Doherty received a doctorate in pharmacy and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, and was named an Outstanding Student by the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Doherty stayed at the U to pursue his Ph.D. because of the pharmacy program. "My experience at the College of Pharmacy has been incredible," he says, noting its collaborative environment and that faculty members are "committed to teaching and scholarship, accessible, and always willing to assist students." His adviser, Dr. Ron Hadsall, has been instrumental in his graduate education, he says.

Doherty recently accepted a position as the director of managed care services for a professional pharmacy organization, and has long-term aspirations to work in politics and the public sector.

-- Lyra Fontaine