Douglas Herr, MD
“Have we done enough to help?”
“The science and art of medicine were appealing to me,” says Dr. Herr. “I like interacting with people, and the science pointed to me to cardiology.”
“Listening is always what works best for me,” says Dr. Herr. “As far as diagnosis and appropriate treatment, my general philosophy is to talk to the patient first, then order the appropriate tests. That really works. Listening has become more, not less, important as we wind our way through the ever more complex practice of medicine.”
In addition to a variety of non-invasive procedures, Dr. Herr regularly does cardiac catheterizations and implants pacemakers. “I was drawn to cardiology because of the opportunity to do so much good for patients through the use of newer technology. We week a balanced approach to patient care, and once a plan is developed I try to put myself in their shoes and be the patients’ advocate. I like to ask myself, “Have we done enough to help?”
Dr. Herr joined the full-time staff at Berkshire Health Systems only in 2007, but for more than fifteen years he has maintained a private cardiology practice in northern Berkshire County, based in North Adams. His roots here go back a bit further, too; though he grew up in New Jersey, he did his undergraduate work at Williams College. He attended medical school at Duke University and completed his internship and fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, earning his board certification in internal medicine. After a few years in general practice, he returned to study at Baystate Medical Center, where he collected his second board certification, this one in cardiology.
Dr. Herr’s wife, Bonnie Herr, M.D. is a gynecologist and obstetrician also on staff at BHS. They reside in Williamstown. In his spare time, Dr. Herr often finds himself of the golf course, a pastime he enjoys with his three grown sons.