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Lisa Doggett

Dr. Lisa Doggett is a family doctor, writer, and MS warrior based in Austin. Dr. Doggett is passionate about improving care for vulnerable populations and helping people with MS and other chronic conditions live their best lives. She recently joined UT Health Austin’s Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center as a primary care and lifestyle medicine physician. She is also a columnist for the national news outlet, Public Health Watch, and senior medical director for Sagility Care Management. Her new memoir, Up the Down Escalator: Medicine, Motherhood, and Multiple Sclerosis, chronicles her transformation from doctor to patient while directing a clinic for people without insurance. 

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  • Up the Down Escalator: Medicine, Motherhood, and Multiple Sclerosis by Lisa Doggett

    Up the Down Escalator: Medicine, Motherhood, and Multiple Sclerosis

    A memoir of triumph in the face of a terrifying diagnosis, "Up the Down Escalator" recounts Dr. Lisa Doggett’s startling shift from doctor to patient, as she learns to live with multiple sclerosis while running a clinic for uninsured patients in central Austin. Recounting before and after the discovery of her MS, she chronicles vexing symptoms while trying to be an attentive mother, wife, and a caring family doctor.

    Facing the prospect of a career-ending disability as she adjusts to life with multiple sclerosis, Dr. Lisa Doggett is forced to deal with a new level of uncertainty and vulnerability, and the everyday fear that something new will go wrong. Taking off her white coat—becoming a patient herself—she confronts unimaginable fears, copes with her limitations, and sidesteps her skepticism of alternative medicine to seek help from unlikely sources. Drawing on riveting patient stories, Doggett reveals the dark realities of the dysfunctional U.S. healthcare system, made all the more stark when she becomes the one seeking care.

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